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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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Antietam, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

This brief article on the Battle of Antietam includes links to battle maps, original documents, related images, and a longer account of the battle.

Historical Essay

19th-Century Immigration

Read how improving transportation and the opening of lands formerly held by Indian tribes brought immigrants from Europe and eastern states to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

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

Historical Essay

The Budget Deficit of 1921

How a New Progressive Governor Repaired the Economy

Read about Governor John J. Blaine's plan to deal with the Budget Deficit of 1921.

A Good Mother, a Good Friend and a Good Woman

Discover Juliet Severance, the free-thinking Whitewater physician who was involved with the anti-slavery movement, temperance and women's rights.

Historical Essay

Asbestos Baby Bottle Warmer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Automobile baby bottle warmer lined with asbestos, made by the Hankscraft Company, Reedsburg, Wisconsin, c. 1955. (Museum object #1979.316.21)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 27th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Sigel in Milwaukee and mustered into service on March 7, 1863.

Historical Essay

CCC Trunk

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trunk used by Werner Brunner while working on Civilian Conservation Corps projects in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1934-1935.(Museum object #1990.165.26,A)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, organized at Kenosha, which served in the Civil War 1861-1865 and lost 401 men in service.

Historical Essay

Bull Run, First Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's involvement in the first major engagement of the Civil War. Article includes links to related images and documents.
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