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On This Day: July 4

1836 - Wisconsin Territory Created

On this date in Mineral Point, Col. Henry Dodge took the oath of office to become the first Governor of the newly created Territory of Wisconsin. The Territory, previously attached to Michigan, encompassed what is now the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and portions of North and South Dakota. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers, edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

1863 - (Civil War) Confederates Withdraw from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

After three days of fighting at Gettsyburg, Confederate leaders gave up their attempt to invade the North and retreated toward Virginia. Union troops spend the day burying the dead from both sides. "The magnitude of the armies engaged," reflected Lieutenant Frank Haskell immediately afterwards, "the number of the casualties, the object sought by the Rebel, the result, will all contribute to give Gettysburg a place among the great historic battles of the world."

1902 - Cornerstone Laid for Luther College

On this date, the cornerstone was laid for Luther College at West Sixth Street and Kinzie Avenue in Racine. [Source: RacineHistory.com]

1938 - Last Performance of the Seils-Sterling Circus

On this date the Seils-Sterling Circus, from Sheboygan, performed for the last time in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At one time, it was one of the country's greatest motorized shows. Its founders, Bill, Al, and Pete Lindemann, were eventually enshrined in the Circus Hall of Fame. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers, edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

1943 - Statue Dedicated in Racine

On this date, a monument of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was dedicated in East Park in Racine. This was the first statue in the United states of a president and his wife. It can be seen in front of the exsisting Gateway Technical College located on South Main street. [Source: RacineHistory.com]