Graves Registration Project
Gravesite of Lt. Alonzo Cushing

The SUVCW is charged with perpetuating the memory of those brave soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The goal of the SUVCW National Grave Registration Project is to locate the final resting places of all Union Civil War Veterans, and enter that information into the National Graves Registration Database.

In order to complete this project, it will literally take an army of volunteers. Within the SUVCW, many Departments and Camps are currently working on the project. Of great help to the Sons in this effort is the independent work of dozens of local historians, cemetery researchers who take pictures and enter data on Find a Grave, and the Wisconsin Historical Society, which has put alphabetical and unit rosters online along with three censuses of Civil War vets. We also utilize various government databases.

Individuals who wish to assist the SUVCW may obtain a Graves Registration Form and Information Packet (consisting of a set of instructions, list of abbreviations and a Graves Registration form). Each completed form will represent one Union soldier's grave. Upon completion of the form, it can then be mailed to the National Grave Registration Officer for inclusion in the National database.

The key to the success of the project will be based on how well the data is collected and recorded. It is important to ensure that all the available information is obtained and recorded before submitting a registration.

Updated or additional information for Civil War veterans previously registered should be marked “UPDATE” and sent to the above National Graves Registration Officer.

For those individuals who wish to register a large number of grave sites, please contact the National Graves Registration Officer for assistance.

Graves Registration Resources
Dept. of Wisconsin Graves Registration Information
Contact Dept. of Wisconsin Graves Registration Officer Tom Mueller at

Tools for the Wisconsin Researcher

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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