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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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Newhall House Hotel Fire

The Tragedy of January 10, 1883

Read about the tragic fire that burned down Milwaukee landmark, the Newhall House Hotel, leaving 76 dead.

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

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Falling Waters, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the first Civil War battle in which Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy. This article contains a link to original documents.

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Brown Wedding Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Golden-brown silk gown worn by Miss Mary Dittberner at her 1887 wedding to Bernhard Stieg in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2008.129.1A-B)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 and lost 373 men.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On the march toward Antietam, Maryland, a soldier from the 7th Wisconsin Infantry gets separated from his regiment and asks a local civilian for directions

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry struggles to escape from encroaching Confederates

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Victorian Baby Carriage

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baby carriage used by the McFetridge family of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, c. 1871. (Museum object #1963.135.225)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 6th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and was mustered into service on July 16, 1861.
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