This Day in Wisconsin History
On This Day: February 12
1865 - (Civil War) Second Day of the Battle of Orangeburg, South Carolina
The Battle of Orangeburg was fought at the North Edisto River in South Carolina. The 12th, 16th, 17th, 25th and 32nd Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part in this battle.
2002 - Verona Athlete Wins Gold Medal in 2002 Olympics
On this date Verona's Casey FitzRandolph won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games in the Men's 500 Meters. He began his career on the ice playing ice hockey and was inspired by Madison native Eric Heiden, an Olympic speed skater. FitzRandolph tried speed skating in his hockey skates and soon caught the attention of coaches in Wisconsin. He became an Olympian in 1998, when he placed sixth in the 500 meters and seventh in the 1000 at the Nagano Olympic Games. At the Salt Lake City Games he broke the olympic record in the 500 meters with a time of 1:09:23.