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On This Day: March 23

1864 - (Civil War) 36th Wisconsin Infantry Mustered In

The 36th Wisconsin Infantry mustered in at Camp Randall in Madison. Its brief service included the defense of Washington, D.C., the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia, and the surrender of General Lee and his army at Appomattox Court House.

1865 - Wis. Troops End Hostilities in N.C.

On this date, the 21st Wisconsin Infantry, made up mostly of soldiers from the Oshkosh area, finished fighting their way through the South during Sherman's March to the Sea and reached Goldsboro, N.C., where the campaign in the Carolinas ended. Its veterans reunited 40 years later in Manitowoc. [Source: 21st Wisconsin Infantry homepage]