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52nd Wisconsin Infantry History | Wisconsin Historical Society

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52nd Wisconsin Infantry History

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

52nd Wisconsin Infantry History | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeCamp Randall looking southwest.

Camp Randall, 1862 ca.

Camp Randall looking southwest. In April 1861, Governor Alexander Randall asked that the State Agricultural Society fairgrounds be converted into a military camp to train volunteer soldiers following the outbreak of the Civil War. Throughout the war, the majority of Wisconsin's troops, some 70,000, were mustered her View the original source document: WHI 1875

The 52nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison in April 1865, at the very end of the war. It moved to St. Louis, Missouri, then to Holden, Missouri, and served as guard workmen on the Pacific Railroad until June 21.

It then moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served on duty there until July 28, when it mustered out on July 28, 1865. The regiment lost nine men during service, all from disease.

[Source: Estabrook, Charles E, ed. Records and sketches of military organizations: population, legislation, election and other statistics relating to Wisconsin in the period of the Civil War. (Madison, 1914?)]