The National Guard's official report on the Bay View Riot of 1886.

Milwaukee Riots


When several thousand Milwaukee workers marched toward the Bay View Rolling Mills on May 5, 1886, advocating an 8-hour work day, the state militia opened fire on the unarmed crowd, killing five and injuring four others. The document linked below is the official report of the head of the state militia on what happened that day. It includes an hour-by-hour chronology of the events and transcripts of communications between the national guard, governor Jeremiah Rusk, and Milwaukee mayor Emil Wallber.

Click on the link below, then type "Milwaukee Riots" (without the quotes) in its search box and click the search button. The Adjutant General's biennial report is on page 13-25 of the second item.




Related Topics: The Progressive Era
The Birth of the Labor Movement
Creator: Chapman, C.P.
Pub Data: Biennial report of the adjutant general of the State of Wisconsin, for the two fiscal years ending September 30, 1886 (Madison, 1887): 13-26.
Citation: "Milwaukee Riots." in Biennial report of the adjutant general of the State of Wisconsin, for the two fiscal years ending September 30, 1886 (Madison, 1887): 13-26. Online facsimile at:  http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.V033N02; Visited on: 12/20/2014
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