Birds-eye painting of a Wisconsin Civil War regiment in a parade.

HISTORICAL ESSAY

Wisconsin's Involvement in the Civil War

Read an overview of Wisconsin's involvement in U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865. Learn about the state's contributions including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

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Roughly 25,000 pages of original documents about Wisconsin in the Civil War are available online including soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs; regimental histories and rosters; photographs, maps, biographies and battle summaries.

Wisconsin Civil War Essays

Read dozens of stories taken from original documents about camp life, combat, death and destruction, politics, enemy encounters and personal reflections.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, an Wisconsin Irishman, casually extinguishes a burning fuse that lands among the troops

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On May 3, 1863, near Chancellorsville, Virginia, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry is troubled by a new assistant surgeon with questionable skills.
Civil War Battle Summaries

Learn basic facts about each battle and the role played by Wisconsin troops. Summaries include links to battle maps, related images and original documents.

Historical Essay

Atlanta, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

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

Historical Essay

Falling Waters, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the first Civil War battle in which Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy. This article contains a link to original documents.
Wisconsin Civil War Regimental Histories

Learn basic regiment facts and the important engagements. Histories include links to original documents.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 25th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 460 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 69 men in service.
Biographies of Wisconsin Civil War Leaders

Read short biographies of prominent Wisconsin figures from the Civil War era.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Helped Draft the Wisconsin Constitution

Civil War Philanthropist, Wisconsin First Lady, Nurse, and Teacher

A brief biography of Wisconsin’s Florence Nightingale, Cordelia Harvey who was a strong voice for innovatring Civil War Military hospitals.

RESOURCE DESCRIPTION

Historic civil war photo.
  • About Our American Civil War Collections
    Our Civil War materials – collected for over 150 years – offer researchers a wealth of materials including rosters, casualty lists, memoirs, historical photographs, regimental histories and more.
Historic civil war photo.
More Essays on Wisconsin in the Civil War

Basic statistics pertaining to Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War.

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