This Day in Wisconsin History
On This Day: January 8
1862 - (Civil War) 8th Light Artillery mustered in
The 8th Wisconsin Light Artillery, also known as Lyons' Pinery Battery, was mustered in at Racine. The battery would go on to fight in the battles of Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga, as well as in the Georgia Campaign and the siege of Chattanooga. It lost 28 men: one officer and one enlisted man were killed in combat and 28 others died from disease.
1910 - Vagrant Snow Shovelers Strike for Pay
On this date 228 vagrants were brought in to shovel snow at the Chicago & Northwestern rail yard in Janesville. Shortly thereafter, they went on strike for 25 cents an hour and better food. Two days later, they went on strike again, asking for 30 cents an hour. [Source: Janesville Gazette]