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2nd Wisconsin Officers' Mess

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Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry officers' mess. Pictured are: Surgeon A.J. Ward, Major Thomas S. Allen, Lt. Colonel Lucius Fairchild, and Colonel Edgar O'Connor, as well as a butler, a cook, and other staff.


Image ID: 1908

Creation Date: 1862 

Creator Name: Unknown

City: Chain Bridge


State: Virginia

Collection Name: Album 13 (The Civil War--Portraits, Military Camps, Military Training)

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w

Original Format Number: Album: Civil War

Original Dimensions: unknown


The Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Madison, Wis. on 11 June 1861 as a three-year regiment. The Second Wisconsin fought in most of the major battles in the Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania area." In July 1861 the Second was brigaded with three New York regiments of Infantry, the whole under command of Colonel, and later General, William T. Sherman, and in this organization participated in the battle of Bull Run, Virginia, July 21, 1861. On the 27th of August 1861, the regiment was assigned to the brigade under the command of Brigadier General Rufus King. During the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, their performance drew the admiration of General Joseph Hooker who ever after referred to them as an Iron Brigade. This print was donated by Lucius Fairchild family.



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