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Historical Essay

Civil War Draft Drum

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Military draft raffle drum used to select draftee names in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Civil War, 1863-1864. (Museum object #1966.174)

Date: 1918-05-25 

Description: View of draftees at the Northwestern depot on their way to basic training and then France. Nearly 3,000 Madison men joined the war effort.

Photograph

End the Draft

Date:  date unknown

Description: Couple walking towards the camera across a parking lot. They are wearing "END THE DRAFT" signs which are tied with string around their necks. He has his ar...

Historical Essay

The Civil War Home Front

How the Women of Wisconsin Helped Win the War

Discover how women on the Wisconsin home front helped win the Civil War.

Historical Essay

The World War II Home Front

The Benefits and Costs of War

Discover how World War II affected daily life in Wisconsin.

Date: 1863-11-23 

Description: A receipt made out to Abraham Gilman for the $300 he paid to avoid serving his draft duty in the Civil War.

Date: 1971-02-24 ca.

Description: Poster advertising a public forum on repealing the draft. Four participating locations are listed, all in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Features a represent...

Photograph

U.S. Army Draftees

Date: 1948-10-16 

Description: Sgt. Tom Sorenson, processing sergeant for Madison area U.S. army draftees, briefing the first recruits to be processed through the Madison army recruiting...

Date: 1952-05-08 

Description: Adolph Maasen (left), the leader of a group of state farmers claiming prejudice against farmers by the State Selective Service, observes Colonel Bentley Co...

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Description: Group portrait of World War I draftees dressed in suits, posing in front of the Court House.

Photograph

Draft Registration

Date: 1948-08-30 

Description: R.F. Suchomel, left, registering for the draft at Draper School. The volunteer registrar is Mrs. Albert (Alma) Weber. Walter J. Lawrence, clerk of boards n...

Date: 1918-07-16 

Description: Elevated view of the departure of the drafted soldiers at the Menomonie railroad station, with a crowd present to see them off.

Newspaper Article/Clipping

Extra. The Draft!

Date: 1864-09-24 

Description: Page from the Waukesha "Daily Freeman" newspaper listing draftees from Waukesha, Brookfield, New Berlin, Menomonee, Muskego, Vernon, Genesse, Summit, Delaf...

Photograph

Draftees

Date: 1917-09-05 

Description: Eight men drafted to serve in World War I stand on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse. They would leave that day for the newly constructed Camp Grant,...

Date: 1948-11-22 

Description: The first Madison draftees under the new selective service law who were inducted. Left to right are: Dean Raemisch, James Everhart, Norman Chump and Carl W...

Wisconsin in the Civil War: Camp Randall

In this lesson students will examine the letter of John Cronk to learn more about Camp Randall and the role Wisconsin played in the Civil War

Date: 1862-08-28 

Description: A Commissioner's Notice of the draft, beginning on the first of September. On the first two days, claims of exemption from military service were to be hear...

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Description: Group portrait of the Jefferson County Draft Board. From left to right are Dr. G.L. Smith, John Welch, E.T. Hayhurst, G.J. Kispert, F.W. Hoard, O.C. Werthh...

Date: 1918-05-25 

Description: A crowd watches as drafted men leave Madison via the Chicago Northwestern railroad station.

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