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

General Bragg recalls Captain Dennis Dailey, of Company G, 6th Wisconsin Regiment, who attempted to seize an entire Confederate brigade by himself

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

An elderly Pennsylvania man approaches General John B. Callis to ask if he can fight with the 7th Wisconsin Infantry in an upcoming battle
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

Red River Campaign

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn more about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War campaign that ended in Union defeat. This article includes links to original documents.

Historical Essay

Antietam, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

This brief article on the famous Civil War battle includes links to battle maps, original documents, related images, and a longer account of the battle.
Wisconsin Civil War Regimental Histories

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 8th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison, mustered into service September 13, 1861, and left for St. Louis on October 12, 1861.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 20th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on August 23, 1862.
Biographies of Wisconsin Civil War Leaders

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

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Wisconsin Board of Regents Member

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  • 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.

Sources for learning about Wisconsin women during the war.

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