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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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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Basic statistics pertaining to Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The 24th Michigan Infantry proudly marches with Wisconsin's 6th Infantry in dense fog into its first combat playing music

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Old Abe and the Iron Brigade

Wisconsin in the Civil War

Discover how a pet eagle named Old Abe helped Wisconsin serve the Union in the Civil War

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Hero of the Confederacy

Discover the story of Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in the Wisconsin Dells.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

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

Civil War Battle Summary

Discover the role that Wisconsin troops, including Menominee warriors and our only unit of Black soldiers, played in a dramatic Civil War battle.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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