September 26, 2021 - Dedication of Four Tombstones

Forest Home's extensive Civil War history will be commemorated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, with the dedication of four tombstones for previously unmarked graves.

The stones were funded by C.K. Pier Badger Camp #1 of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Auxiliary 4, as part of a program led by Tom Ludka and Marge Berres with the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association.

The event will be held in Section B on the northeast side of Forest Home, east of the office, chapel and garden crypts. Section B is the burial spot of Commissary Sgt. John Roberts of the 24th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, who died in 1878 but did not have a tombstone until this year.

The C.K. Pier group, a Milwaukee historical institution, will begin the event by marking its forthcoming 120th anniversary. The many battles of Roberts' 24th Wisconsin also will be recounted.

The Camp and Auxiliary each have funded one stone  annually, for several years. In 2016 they erected a historical marker about the cemetery's nearly 1,100 Civil War veterans at the front gates of Forest Home.