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On This Day: March 19

1865 - (Civil War) Battle of Goldsborough, North Carolina, Begins

The 21st, 22nd and 25th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part in the battle at Goldsborough, North Carolina, during the Campaign of the Carolinas. Three Union armies totaling 100,000 men attacked the city in order to control its strategically important railroad lines.

1910 - Portage Team Wins Championship

On this date Portage Company F won the sixth national Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament in Chicago. Portage defeated the St. Louis Premiers, 36-14, for the championship. When the news was received by telegraph wire in Portage late that evening, the residents celebrated by lighting huge bonfires on Cook Street. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online.]

1932 - Dave Maier Loses Heavyweight Championship Bout

On this date Dave Maier of Milwaukee lost a split decision to George Nichols in the finals of an elimination tournament to determine the National Boxing Association world light heavyweight championship. The bout, for a disputed title, drew 10,000 fans to Chicago Stadium. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online]

1957 - Mercy Hospital Addition Dedicated

On this date, Janesville's Mercy Hospital dedicated its latest addition, named St. Joseph's Hall. The four-story wing boosted hospital capacity to 240 adult beds and 40 cribs for babies. In 1957 the hospital employed 376 workers, including 15 Sisters of Mercy. [Source: Janesville Gazette]