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Historical Essay

The Civil War Home Front

Discover how the Civil War affected life on the home front and the role of women in supporting the war effort.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On May 3, 1863, near Chancellorsville, Virginia, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry is troubled by a new assistant surgeon with questionable skills.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On July 4, 1863, Mary Gates writes to her fiancé, Colonel Rufus Dawes of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, as he turns 25 years old during Battle of Gettysburg

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Civil War Loyalty Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

20-star United States Flag used in initiation ceremonies to the Union League, where members swore to protect the Union and its values, Prairie du Chien, Wi

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Fond du Lac Manufacturer

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Ashland, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Port Hudson, Siege of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about the siege of Port Hudson by Union forces in the summer of 1863.

Historical Essay

Shotz Brewery Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shotz Brewery smock used in Laverne and Shirley television series, 1976-1980. (Museum object #2006.38.1)

Learn about the Vietnam War and Wisconsin's role in supporting and opposing the American involvement in that conflict.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Sheriff

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.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Janesville, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Big Boy

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trade figure from the Big Boy restaurant on South Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 1971-1985. (Museum object #1993.52)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early Paleo-Indian fluted spear point found in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and made between 12,000 B.C. and 8,000 B.C. (Museum object #1985.2)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Merrill, Wisconsin.

A Dishonest Democrat and a Radical Republican

Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 4th Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at Racine and mustered into service on October 1, 1861.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Army jacket decorated with Native American beadwork worn by Chief Simon Onanguisse Kahquados of the Forest County Potawatomi. (Museum object #1943.330)
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