C.K. Pier Badger Camp 1


Camp Officers:
Sr. Vice Commander:
Jr. Vice Commander:
Council 1:
Council 2:
Council 3:
Patriotic Instructor:
Graves Registration:
Civil War Memorials:
Eagle Scout Coordinator:
Color Bearer:

Information Contact:

PCinC Steve Michaels
Billy Cole
Brian Craig
PCC Tom Mueller
PDC Kent Peterson
Dean Collins
PCC David Howard
PDC Tom Brown
Bruce Nason
Dean Collins
PCC Tom Mueller

PDC Kent Peterson
Jeff Lesar
PDC Tom Brown
PCC Tom Mueller

PCinC Steve Michaels

Colonel C. K. Pier
Colonel C. K. Pier, 38th Wisconsin


Camp meetings

C. K. Pier Badger Camp #1 and Auxiliary #4 meet on the first Wednesday of the month (except August), at 7 p.m., at the Machinists Union Hall at 1650 S. 38th St., Milwaukee. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings. Contact Camp Commander PCinC Steve Michaels for details on the next meeting or membership information.


Color Guard and Honor Guard

Members interested in joining the Camp Honor Guard Firing Team should contact Past Camp Commander Patrick Fallon at (262) 994-3285 or download the information flyer

Camp Newsletters

The current Camp Orders may be downloaded and printed from your computer. Our printed newsletter is in black & white but the electronic version is in full color! You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view the document. If you don't have this program, it may be downloaded at no cost and is easily installed on your computer (click on the Reader icon). Here are the past few years' editions for download:

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  • About C.K. Pier Badger

    C.K. Pier Badger Camp #1's charter was approved on December 3, 1901. The camp was the result of merging two smaller units: Badger Camp #1 and C.K. Pier Camp #35. Camp #35 had been named for Colwert K. Pier, a Civil War veteran who had enlisted as a private in the 1st Wisconsin and left the service after the war as Colonel of the 38th Wisconsin. After his discharge he became a lawyer, managed a bank and the family farm, owned a newspaper, and was active in state politics. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, E.B. Wolcott Post #1 in Milwaukee, president of the Great GAR reunion of 1880 and secretary of the National Encampment Council in 1889.

    Camp #1 is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, an organization which promotes appreciation and stewardship of our nation's historical, cultural, and environmental heritage through preservation of significant Civil War battlefields. Camp #1 has recently conducted fundraising efforts to assist with restoration of the Brig. General Erastus Wolcott monument in Milwaukee's Lake Park.

    The Camp celebrated its 115th year in 2016.

    C.K. Pier Badger Camp #1 was proud to have Brother William Upham Jr. as a member until his passing in 2009. Brother Upham was Wisconsin's only remaining "True Son" of a Union Soldier.


    C.K. Pier Badger Auxiliary #4

    Auxiliary meetings are held at the same time and location as Camp meetings. For more information on the Auxiliary, or for membership information, contact Lisa Avila, Auxiliary 4 President.

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

    1 May: Loyalty Day
    2 May: Camp and Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., Machinists Union Hall at 1650 S. 38th St., Milwaukee
    5 May: Oak Hill Cemetery Cleanup, 9:30 a.m., Wauwatosa
    Calvary Cemetery Flag Placement 3 p.m.)
    28 May: Days the flag should be flown Memorial Day Mass and Ceremony, 10 a.m., Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee
    2 June: 135th Annual Dept. of Wisconsin Encampment, Wisconsin Veteran's Home, King, WI (hosted by Old Abe Camp 8)
    Encampment Registration Form
    6 June: Camp and Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., Machinists Union Hall at 1650 S. 38th St., Milwaukee
    14 June: Days the flag should be flown Flag Day
    1 July: Calvary Cemetery Historical Marker Dedication with Archbishop Jerome Listecki, 2 p.m., 5503 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
    4 July: Days the flag should be flown Independence Day
    Union Grove Fourth of July Parade, step-off at 9:15 a.m. from Racine County Fairgrounds
    15 July: Civil War Demonstration by Camp 1 and Aux. 4 at Oak Creek Historical Society, 1:30 p.m., Forest Hill Avenue and 15th Ave., Oak Creek
    18 July: Camp and Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., Machinists Union Hall at 1650 S. 38th St., Milwaukee - NOTE this is a rescheduled date for this month's meeting!
    28 July: South Milwaukee Heritage Days Parade
    9-12 August: 137th National Encampment, Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham, MA


    About the GAR in Milwaukee

    Among the charges given to the Sons by the Grand Army veterans was to preserve and perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. Some of Camp #1's PCinC Steve Michael's research and writing about the GAR in Milwaukee is presented here:

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