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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Champion Hill, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to battle maps and original documents.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Includes links to a longer history, the Infantry's roster, list of casualities, original documents and assignments.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 49th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison between December 24, 1864, and March 5, 1865.

Historical Essay

Island No. 10, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to related images and original documents.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 42nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on September 7, 1864.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 18th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Trowbridge in Milwaukee and mustered into service on March 15, 1862.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

merciless bullets rang and soldiers were slaughtered as Captain Rufus R. Dawes' 6th Wisconsin Infantry was pinned down by enemy sharpshooters.

Historical Essay

Perryville, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War where more than 7,500 soldliers were killed.

Hero of the Confederacy

Discover the story of Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in the Wisconsin Dells.
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