Waukesha commemorates Civil War battle

Published on: 8/27/2013

The City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department (WPRF) and Waukesha Landmarks Commission announces that the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga will be remembered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Avenue.

A Civil War Encampment will be held in the park featuring reenactors, displays, tents, campfires and cooking. A Memorial Service will begin at 3 p.m. to honor the casualties from the Battle of Chickamauga, remembering the 25 Waukesha soldiers and laying of memorial wreaths.

'The Great Army of the Republic (GAR) had said it best 'The men who in the conflict led and for the Union fought and bled, tho' passing on are never dead. Even 150 years later, it is our duty and obligation to remember the sacrifices of the 25 fallen soldiers from Waukesha,' said Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings, chairman of Waukesha Landmarks.

Additional events are planned to remember this Civil War battle and its impact on the Waukesha community.

·7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 — Battle of Chickamauga presentation at the Waukesha Public Library

·5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 — 'Pre-event' encampment activities in Cutler Park

Saturday, Sept. 7

9 a.m. Prairie Home Cemetery Service and Rededication Ceremony for a Civil War Soldier

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Civil War Exhibit, diaries/letters, artifact table and craft for kids at Waukesha County Museum

10 a.m. 'The Abolitionists' at Waukesha Public Library; film excerpts and discussion facilitated by Carroll University faculty

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil War Encampment in Cutler Park

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speakers at the Les Paul Performance Center, topics include the Battle of Chickamauga, and its impact on Waukesha; nursing, undertaking, local authors and songs of the era

3 to 3:45 p.m. Memorial Service to Honor the Casualties from the Battle of Chickamauga

Many community organizations are involved in this event to remember the fallen soldiers, including City of Waukesha, Carroll University, Maj. Gen. John Gibbon Camp #4 – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha County Veterans Services, Waukesha Landmarks Commission, Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha Public Library and W.B. Cushing #64 Women's Relief Corps.

For more information, call (262) 524-3737 or visit www.ci.waukesha.wi.us/parks.