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Wisconsin in the Civil War

Wisconsin's Involvement in the Civil War

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

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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Historic civil war photo.
  • 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.

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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.

  • Atlanta Campaign

    By seizing Atlanta, Georgia, the center of Confederate industry and transportation, the Union crippled the Confederacy's ability to wage war.

  • Iuka, Battle of

    Learn more about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to view original documents and other accounts of this battle.

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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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