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

President Lincoln visited Wisconsin's 2nd Infantry two days after the humiliating Union defeat at Bull Run on July 21, 1861

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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

Petersburg, Siege of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin troops' role in the 10-month Union siege of Petersburg, Virginia, which led to the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Historical Essay

Port Hudson, Siege of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about the siege of Port Hudson by Union forces in the summer of 1863.
Wisconsin Civil War Regimental Histories

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 23rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on August 30, 1862.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry from Milwaukee, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 75 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, U.S. Congressman

Brief biography of Civil War veteran and three term U.S. Congressman best remembered for disobeying orders to return fugitive slaves to their owners.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, University of Wisconsin Regent

Read about one of the Democratic Party politicians around the time of the Civil War. This article details his Civil War service and contains several links.

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.
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More Essays on Wisconsin in the Civil War

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

Learn about the women of Wisconsin, and their lives during the Civil War.

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.
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