Old Abe Camp 8
Fox Cities
Camp officers:
Commander: Dennis Jacobs
Sr. Vice Commander: PCC Kim Heltemes
Jr. Vice Commander: Ron Arndt
Secretary: DC Alan Petit
Treasurer: Kurtis Kirk
Council #1: PCC Kirby Scott
Council #2: Michael Mladenik
Council #3: PCC William Parker
Patriotic Instructor: Paul Johnson
Chaplain: PCC Vince Barker
Memorials: PCC Kim Heltemes
Graves Registration: PCC Vince Barker
Delegate: Paul Johnson
Historian: PCC Kirby Scott
Newsletter Editor: PCC Kim Heltemes
Information Contact: Camp Commander Dennis Jacobs
Old Abe, the War Eagle

Old Abe, mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment



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Camp Meetings

Camp #8 usually meets on the third Monday of odd numbered months at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at various locations throughout central and east central Wisconsin. Please see the Camp's current newsletter for directions and location for the month's meeting place or contact one of the officers listed above. The traditional ritual is used, and there is usually a featured speaker. Auxiliary members also conduct their meeting at the same time and place.


About Old Abe

In 1885 the Old Abe Camp, located in Oshkosh, was the largest Sons of Union Veterans camp in Wisconsin. Old Abe was the famous mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, which became known as the Eagle Brigade, a unit heavily involved in the campaigns of the western armies. Old Abe the battle eagle became a real war hero, used for recruiting during the war's later years, and attending veterans reunions for years after. His likeness was used to symbolize much in Wisconsin, and can be seen in period statuary throughout Wisconsin and the U.S., and on the J.I. Case (a Wisconsin company) emblem. Today Old Abe is still with us, seen on the badges of some contemporary military units.


Camp Newsletter

The current Camp Orders may be downloaded and printed from your computer. You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view the documents unless otherwise indicated. If you don't have this program, it may be downloaded at no cost (click the Reader icon at right) and is easily installed on your computer.

Camp Calendar
Days the flag should be flown Days the flag should be flown

12 May: Flag Disposal Ceremony, 1 p.m., Kirk Farm, 9453 Stone School Rd, Omro, WI
20 May: King Veterans Home Open House and Car Show, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., King Veterans Home, King WI.
21 May: Camp 8 Meeting, 7 p.m., Fire House #17, 1813 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI
28 May: Days the flag should be flown Memorial Day Ceremonies, 9:30 - 11 a.m., King Veterans Home
2 June: 135th Annual Dept. of Wisconsin Encampment, Wisconsin Veteran's Home, King, WI (hosted by Old Abe Camp 8)
Encampment Registration Form
2-3 June: Pinecrest Historical Village Civil War Weekend, Pinecrest Historical Village, Manitowoc, WI.
14 June: Days the flag should be flown Flag Day
23-24 June: Heritage Hill Civil War Weekend, Heritage Hill Living History Park, Green Bay, WI.
4 July: Days the flag should be flown Independence Day
16 July: Camp 8 Meeting and Picnic, location TBA
9-12 August: 137th National Encampment, Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham, MA
3 Sept: Days the flag should be flown Labor Day
11 Sept: Patriot's Day Days the flag should be flown
17 Sept.: Camp 8 Meeting, 7 p.m., Fire House #17, 1813 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI
29-30 Sept.: Wade House Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, WI
8 Oct: Days the flag should be flown Columbus Day
11 Nov: Days the flag should be flown Veterans Day
12 Nov: Camp 8 Annual Bean Dinner, Meeting and Camp Elections, Fire House #17, 1813 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh WI

Edward S. Bragg Auxiliary 8

The Auxiliary works to support the SUVCW and Camp 8 in keeping alive the memories of our Civil War veterans and their sacrifices for the Union, honoring and caring for today's veterans and properly observing Memorial Day. More information about Auxiliary 8 is here, or contact LuAnn Williams at lulabell0806@yahoo.com.


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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


Comments to Camp Commander Dennis Jacobs.

Last Updated: 9 May 2018