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Historical Essay

Benjamin Butts (1853-1930)

One Man's Journey from Slavery to Madison Business Owner to State Assembly Staff Member

Learn about a freed slave's intriguing story as a barber serving Wisconsin's prominent politicians, and as a well-known, beloved face in the capital city.

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Camp Randall

Date: 1862 

Description: Camp Randall looking southwest. In April 1861, Governor Alexander Randall asked that the State Agricultural Society fairgrounds be converted into a militar...

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Description: Seated waist-up carte-de-visite portrait of Captain Alexander Ahab Arnold, Company C, 30th Wisconsin Infantry, sitting with his sword at his side.

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.

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: A two-story gallery of the Historical Society in the Wisconsin State Capitol, with captured Confederate army flags on display. This photograph was taken in...

Date: 1861 ca.

Description: Soldiers in formation at Camp Randall during winter. The season [there appears to be snow on the ground] and the tents indicate that this image was made in...

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

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

Date: 1887-09-07 

Description: Group portrait of the 16th Wisconsin Infantry at the Wisconsin State Capitol, together with their wives and families, taken at their first reunion. Because...

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Description: Pen-drawn poster listing the officers and men of Company H. Includes small oval portraits of some of the officers.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

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Description: Old Abe, the eagle mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, perched on a log with the background of a rural Wisconsin valley. There...

Date: 1876-02-07 

Description: Carte-de-visite Centennial portrait "Old Abe", eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment, by J.M. Fowler, sold by J.O. Barrett in Philadelphia, Pennsylvan...

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 34th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on December, 1862.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, 9th Wisconsin Secretary of State, Newspaper Publisher

Thomas S. Allen is best remembered for his leadership of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.

Date: 1876-02-07 

Description: Carte-de-visite Centennial portrait of "Old Abe", eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment, by J.M. Fowler, sold by J.O. Barrett in Philadelphia, Pennsyl...

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James B. Farnsworth

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Description: Studio portrait of James B. Farnsworth, a Major in the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, Company A.

Date: 1865-07-12 

Description: A letter written by Wisconsin Governor James T. Lewis to E.G. Ayer of Harvard, Illinois, thanking him for his special care of and attention to sick and wou...

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Description: Early sculpted sketch of the monument for Colonel Hans Heg designed by Paul Fjelde in the 1920s.

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Camp Randall Arch

Date: 1976-09-05 

Description: Camp Randall Arch, the entranceway to Camp Randall Stadium, which stands at the intersection of Dayton Street and Randall Avenue on the University of Wisco...

Date: 1972-04-23 

Description: Plot in the Forest Hill Cemetery at 1 Speedway Road in which 105 Confederate soldiers are buried. They died while confined in Madison's Camp Randall during...

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