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Term: Falling Waters, Battle of

Definition:

Date(s): July 2, 1861
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia (Google Map)
Other name(s): Hoke's Run, Hainesville
Campaign: Manassas Campaign (July 1861)
Outcome: Union victory

Summary

The Battle of Falling Waters was the first time Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy.

After the Civil War broke out in April 1861, both sides hurriedly recruited troops to defend their respective capitals. At that time, Union soldiers enlisted for only 90 days, since government leaders expected to suppress the South quickly and easily.

On July 2, 1861, Union troops left Washington and followed the Potomac Valley upriver into Virginia, searching for the Confederates in the Shenandoah Valley. En route they encountered a brigade led by General T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson near Martinsburg, West Virginia, and gradually pushed it back.

Wisconsin’s Role

The 1st Wisconsin Infantry had left Milwaukee for Washington only a few days before the battle. When it reached Hagerstown, Maryland, it was ordered to join the expedition up the Potomac Valley. The 1st Wisconsin Infantry was at the frontline when the two sides met. Philo Jones of Company K fired the first shot. The first Wisconsin soldier killed in the war was George Drake. Company A, of Milwaukee. The first Wisconsin soldier wounded was Color Bearer Fred Huchting, Company E, from Madison. The first Wisconsin soldier taken prisoner was Sol Wise of Company K.

The regiment returned to Milwaukee a few weeks later when its 90 days were up. Most of its members immediately re-enlisted for three years.

Learn more

View a short summary of the Battle of Falling Waters in E.B. Quiner’s “Military History of Wisconsin” (Madison, 1866).

View original documents

[Source: Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields (Washington, 1993); Estabrook, C. Records and Sketches of Military Organizations (Madison, 1914); Love, W. Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion (Madison, 1866).]

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