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On This Day: September 23

1862 - (Civil War) Retreat from Cumberland Gap

On this day in 1862, the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery continued their escape from Cumberland Gap, Kentucky. They had occupied the Cumberland Gap under Brigadier-General George W. Morgan, until they were driven out by Confederate General Kirby Smith’s invasion of Kentucky on Sept. 17. They reached the safety of Greenupberg on Oct. 3, 1862. During the escape, Morgan lost 80 men.

1891 - William Henry Stevenson Born

On this date, William Henry Stevenson was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As a young child, he and his parents moved to La Crosse where he spent his childhood. Stevenson attended Teachers College in La Crosse in 1912 and immeditiately began teaching in high schools in Holmen, Neillsville, and Madison. Stevenson went on to receive a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1920. After practicing law for a very short time, he was appointed circuit court commissioner and divorce counsel of Richland County in 1922 and served in this capacity until 1924. He also served as district attorney of Richland County from 1924 to 1926. After moving to La Crosse, he served as district attorney of La Crosse County from 1935-1941, and was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses. Stevenson resided in Onalaska, Wisconsin until his death in La Crosse on March 19, 1978. [source: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress]

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