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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 243 men during service.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Ezra Pound's Wisconsin Roots

The Midwestern Heritage of One of the 20th Century's Greatest Poetic Innovators

Discover literary giant Ezra Pound's connection to the frontier wilds of Wisconsin.

An Unreliable Text and Other Evidence

Wisconsin History books teach that Jean Nicolet was the first white person to reach the state, but he may have been the second.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 51st Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee from March 20-April 29, 1865, at the very end of the war.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

“Sons in Service” flag from the Washbush home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1917-1918. (Museum object #1985.34.1)

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Granger Gourd

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ceremonial container made from a gourd, presented to Wisconsin Governor William R. Taylor, 1874. (Museum object #1993.53)

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Artisans Day Ribbon

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Artisans Day Ribbon possibly worn during parade in Milwaukee, September 3, 1888. (Museum object #H12653)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read a letter from an anonymous writer in the 5th Wisconsin Infantry that applauds the positive impact of women in the army.
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