Wisconsin in the Civil War
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Selected Stories from the Collection
With disarming candor, Wisconsin soldiers wrote about the Civil War — their encounters with the enemy, camp life, politics, and personal reflections; coping with death, destruction, and the hard hand of combat.
Through original letters, diaries, and other eyewitness accounts, we learn what the men in the field were experiencing and feeling during the war.
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Wisconsin Troops Help Capture Jefferson Davis
- May 10, 1865
Wisconsin's Governor Drowns While Trying to Help Soldiers
- April 21, 1862
Chaplains' Virtues are Unheeded
by the Grim Rank and File
- August 11, 1863