to right: Fred Bohmfalk, Brad Schall, Ranger Benny Batom and Camp #24
SUVCW Commander Charles Mabie.
Alfred Pleasonton SUVCW
Camp #24 and the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz presented to Alcatraz
Park Ranger Benny Batom, two complete artillery uniforms to use in
their interpretive programs. Camp #24 Commander Charles Mabie, Brad
Schall and Fred Bohmfalk made the presentation during a special tour
of the island. Donation was made in the memory of Charles Corky
Ranger Batom is in charge of
the school programs and Camp #24 and the Friends have offered their
services to assist the National Park Service.
Three years ago Brad Schall,
Fred Bohmfalk and Phil Avila were asked by the National Park Service
Rangers at Alcatraz if they could assist in designing a volunteer
program to interpret the Civil War years on the island. The challenge
was taken up with the assistance of four local SUVCW camps, all
northern California Civil War Round Tables and several other
Getting started was a unique
experience for the three because of the inter working of the National
Park Service and rules and regulations that they new to the three.
Finally a 503 C corporation was formed with 12 members. Six of the
original Board members were from the SUVCW and the first tour given by
the Park Service for the group had Union Soldiers dressed in Blues
from five California SUVCW Camps.
Our second challenge was
getting trained by the National Park Service so we could be qualified
volunteers. Five members have gone through 40 hours of training on
the island and the Civil War experience. They are Brad Schall, Greg
Tracy and Fred Bohmfalk, John Nevins and Bob Hubbs.
Three years later the Friends
of Civil War Alcatraz are providing a service to the Civil War