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Wisconsin in the Civil War

Birds-eye painting of a Wisconsin Civil War regiment in a parade.

Wisconsin's Involvement in the Civil War

Read an overview of Wisconsin's involvement in U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865. Learn about the state's contributions including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

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  • About Our American Civil War Collections

    Our Civil War materials – collected for over 150 years – offer researchers a wealth of materials including rosters, casualty lists, memoirs, historical photographs, regimental histories and more.

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Roughly 25,000 pages of original documents about Wisconsin in the Civil War are available online including soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs; regimental histories and rosters; photographs, maps, biographies and battle summaries.

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Wisconsin Civil War Essays

Read dozens of stories taken from original documents about camp life, combat, death and destruction, politics, enemy encounters and personal reflections.


    Civil War Battle Summaries

    Learn basic facts about each battle and the role played by Wisconsin troops. Summaries include links to battle maps, related images and original documents.

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      Wisconsin Civil War Regimental Histories

      Learn basic regiment facts and the important engagements. Histories include links to original documents.

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        Biographies of Wisconsin Civil War Leaders

        Read short biographies of prominent Wisconsin figures from the Civil War era.

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          View Census Enumeration Documents Online

          • 1885 Veterans Enumerations

            Enumeration of soldiers and sailors of the late war residing in Wisconsin June 20, 1885

          • 1895 Veterans Enumerations

            Wisconsin census enumeration, 1895 : names of ex-soldiers and sailors residing in Wisconsin, June 20, 1895 : alphabetically arranged

          • 1905 Veterans Enumerations

            Wisconsin census enumeration, 1905 : names of ex-soldiers and sailors residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1905

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