Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XIV

Date: October 9-14, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd.
City: Madison
Contact: Jennifer Kollath
Phone: 608-264-7663

Sunday, October 14, 2012 GENERAL PUBLIC

Public Tours will leave from the chapel every 20 minutes from 12:00-4:00

$5 for adults, $2 for children

Join us for the fourteenth-annual Talking Spirits cemetery tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. This award-winning living history program illuminates the lives of many prominent—and lesser known—figures in Wisconsin history. Focusing on the contributions of Wisconsin’s soldiers and citizens during the Civil War, local actors and actresses don period dress, giving viewers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting those characters on the cemetery grounds. Tour guides will lead informative discussions of the cemetery’s rich history and gravestone art interspersed among the vignettes.

This year's featured vignettes:


Napoleon Bonaparte Van Slyke- As Quartermaster at Camp Randall it was his job to make certain all troops were trained and outfitted.


Benjamin "Bennie" Butts- a slave in Virginia, at 12 he traveled with the 5th Wisconsin Infantry back to Wisconsin where he established himself as a prominent citizen of Madison.


Theodore Read- the second to last Union General killed in the war.  His bravery delayed Lee's army which lead to its capture.


Rachel Bradford- mother of Oscar and Rezillion, members of the famed Iron Brigade.  Their fierce fighting as part of the 2nd Wisconsin at Gettysburg claimed both their lives.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.