SUVCW Dept. of Wisconsin Commanders:
Brian G. Peters

Brian G. Peters, PCC, was elected at the 123rd Wisconsin Department Encampment in Saukville on June 10, 2006. Brother Peters had previously served in the Department offices of Graves Registration Officer, Department Council member, Junior Vice Commander, and Senior Vice Commander.

As a young boy growing up on a dairy farm in Pepin, Wisconsin, Brianís grandmother told him that her grandfather had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. For Brian, this sparked an intense interest in Civil War history that continues to this day. The veteran ancestor referred to by Brianís grandmother was Gilbert Lockwood Wheeler. Gilbert was orphaned at a young age, and in 1853 emigrated to Pepin County Wisconsin from New York state with an uncle and other relatives. Gilbert enlisted in the 17th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in January of 1862 and served to the end of the war. He attained the rank of Sergeant in Company D. Gilbertís uncle Ira Bradley Wheeler was also a Civil War veteran who served in the 37th Wisconsin Infantry, Company E.

Brother Peters joined the SUVCW in 1991 and was member of Col. Henry Harnden Camp #2 for over 10 years. In 1999 Brother Peters also became a member of Old Abe Camp # 8 which had recently been chartered in the Oshkosh area. In Camp 8, he served as Senior Vice Commander, Camp Commander 2002-2004, and Camp Secretary. Brian is a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserve and enjoys reenacting as 1st Sgt. of McAllisterís Battery D, 1st Ill. Light Artillery.

Brother Peters is a graduate of the University of WisconsinóStevens Point with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He has been employed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since 1980 and has worked in the areas of law enforcement, pheasant game farm operations, and currently as a wildlife property management technician at the George W. Mead state wildlife area near Stevens Point.

Brianís wife is Lucy Peters. Lucy has served as Chaplain for the ASUVCW Wisconsin Department. They have two children, Angela and Ian. Angela is attending UW-Madison and is a Midshipman, Marine Corps option, in the NROTC program there. She is a member of the ASUVCW and has played "Taps" for many of Camp 8ís headstone dedication ceremonies. Brian & Lucyís son Ian has graduated from Mid-State Technical College in the automotive technician program and is now studying computer animation graphics at Academy College in Bloomington, Minnesota. Ian is also a member of the SUVCW, Old Abe Camp # 8.

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