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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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Flu Quarantine Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Influenza quarantine placard, c. 1910-1924, from the period of the "Spanish flu" epidemic. (Museum object #1978.404.50)

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

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Red River Campaign

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn more about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War campaign that ended in Union defeat. This article includes links to original documents.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Appointment book made of ivory, used by Wisconsin politician and businessman Cassius Fairchild of Madison, WI, during the 1850s. (Museum object #1971.19)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Multi-Purpose Food from Cold War fallout shelter in Racine, Wisconsin, 1960. (Museum object #1996.81.81)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 48th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee in February-March 1865, just a few weeks before the war ended.

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Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

Join cantankerous British geologist George Featherstonehaugh as travels to Madison in 1837 and finds things not as he expected them to be

Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery, or Badger Battery, which served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865, losing 27 men.
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