Henry Harnden Camp 2
Camp officers:
Commander: Fred J. Campbell
Sr. Vice Commander: Tom W. Brodd
Jr. Vice Commander: John R. Decker
Secretary/Treasurer: Alan G. Hembel
Council #1: William J. Raftery
Council #2: Robert W. Sienkokwski
Council #3: John R. Decker
Patriotic Instructor: William J. Raftery
Historian: John R. Decker
Chaplain: Tom W. Brodd

Information Contact:

Fred J. Campbell

Lt. Col. Henry Harnden

Lt. Col. Henry Harnden, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
G.A.R. Wis. Dept. Commander 1899-1900


Camp meetings

Meetings are scheduled as determined by the Camp Commander.

In 2014, Camp 2 served as Host Camp for the annual SUVCW and ASUVCW Wisconsin Department Encampment at the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum in Madison.

Lt. Col. Henry Harnden

Henry Harnden (1823 - 1900) enlisted as a private in the Company D, First Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, in July 1861. He passed with conspicuous merit through the ranks of corporal, quartermaster, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, lieutenant-colonel, colonel to that of brevet brigadier general. He distinguished himself during his military service on many occasions, participating in over thirty battles and was wounded several times. At Scatterville in 1862 he led his company on a charge of a superior force of the enemy, capturing numerous prisoners and munitions. At the Battle of Burnt Hickory, he was severely wounded while leading a brilliant attack against superior numbers, routing the enemy in confusion and defeat. Lt. Col. Harnden may be best known for his participation in the capture of the fleeing president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.

After his return to civilian life he served in the state assembly, was appointed by Gov. Fairchild as a trustee of the Soldier's Orphan Home, was appointed a United States Assessor and later United States collector of internal revenue. He spent his later years in Madison, serving as Commander of the Wisconsin Dept. of the G.A.R. from 1899 to 1900. He is buried in Madison's historic Forest Hill Cemetery.

Camp Calendar
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1 May: Loyalty Day
28 May: Days the flag should be flown Memorial Day
2 June: 135th Annual Dept. of Wisconsin Encampment, Wisconsin Veteran's Home, King, WI (hosted by Old Abe Camp 8)
Encampment Registration Form
14 June: Days the flag should be flown Flag Day
4 July: Days the flag should be flown Independence Day
9-12 August: 137th National Encampment, Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham, MA

Recent activities

Wreaths Across America at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison 2015 Wreaths Across America: Camp 2 members gathered with other organizations and the public to lay wreaths in Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery. Camp Commander Ron Knaus (center) addresses the assembled participants. The Wreaths Across America program is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil. Click for larger photo.


Evansville, Wis. Civil War cannon monument restoration Evansville, WI Civil War Memorial Rededicated: On May 30, 2015 officers of the Col. Henry Harnden Camp No. 2, Department of Wisconsin, formally rededicated the Civil War Memorial in Evansville, Wisconsin. Mayor Sandy Decker participated on behalf of the City of Evansville. The memorial features a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle that was manufactured for the U.S. Navy in 1863, and was put to use during the Civil War.

To restore the artillery piece and to have it returned to its place of honor at City Hall, the Evansville Grove Society, a local historical society, and the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission undertook a fund raising effort and solicited in-kind contributions of services and materials, commencing in 2012. The restoration project was completed in 2015, and has a value of $35,000, including cash outlays and in-kind contributions.

Click for larger photo. Photo caption: Left to right: Camp 2 members Virgil Matz, Thomas W. Brodd, Commander Ronald Knaus, William Raftery and Ester, PCC Alan Hembel, John Decker and his wife Mayor Sandy Decker of Evansville.

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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Last Updated: 8 March 2018