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On This Day: August 28

1862 - Iron Brigade Fights First Battle

On this date the Iron Brigade (Western soldiers) fought their first battle at Browner Farm. The unit was composed of the 2nd Infantry, 6th Infantry, 7th Wisconsin Infantry, and the 19th Indiana Infantry, 24th Michigan Infantry, and Battery B of the 4th U.S. Light Artillery and was well known for its valor at such Civil War battles as Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg. [Source: WHS Card File].

1862 - (Civil War) Second Battle of Bull Run opens

The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments fought in the Second Battle of Bull Run, also called Second Manassas. Approximately 62,000 Union forces attacked 20,000 Confederates between Gainesville and Manassas, Virginia. Though outnumbered, Confederate troops managed to hold off their attackers until 28,000 reinforcements arrived. At Brawner's Farm on August 28, 298 of the roughly 500 soldiers in the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry were killed or wounded.

1928 - Babe Ruth Cracks Homer in Milwaukee

On this date Babe Ruth hit a towering game-winning home run in the ninth inning to give his team a 5-4 victory in a baseball exhibition at Borchert Field in Milwaukee. Lou Gehrig also played at this event. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

1955 - Anthony W. Schwoegler Dies

On this date Anthony W. Schwoegler died. One of Madison's most prominent bowlers, Schwoegler opened the Capital Bowling Alley in 1919, in the rear of the Belmont Hotel. He operated alleys in Stoughton and in 1938 established Schwoegler's Lanes in Madison. He won the American Bowling Congress Doubles Championship in Pittsburgh in 1909, scoring 1,304 - the first time 1,300 had been achieved in national competition. He is a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers : A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery by Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc, p.257]

1967 - Father James E. Groppi Leads Protest

On this date Father James E. Groppi led two hundred members of the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council in a march to Kosciusko Park, to protest the Milwaukee Common Council's refusal to adopt an open-housing ordinance. [Source: The History of Wisconsin, Vol. VI, p.390]

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