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On This Day: August 19

1864 - (Civil War) Second Battle of Weldon Railroad continues near Petersburg, Virginia

The 2nd, 6th, 7th, 37th, and 38th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part in the Second Battle of Weldon Railroad, also known as the Battle of Globe Tavern, near Petersburg, Virginia. On this day, the 7th Wisconsin Infantry captured 26 prisoners without any losses of their own. This was the first Union victory in the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. By destroying the railway while under heavy attack, Union troops forced Confederates to carry their provision 30 miles by wagon around Union lines to supply the city.

1908 - Former governor Warren P. Knowles, Jr. born

On this day in history, Warren P. Knowles, Jr. was born in River Falls, Wisconsin. Knowles served in the Navy before being elected to the state senate. He also served as lieutenant governor before being elected to governor in 1964. Warren P. Knowles served as Wisconsin's governor from 1965 to 1971. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.217-218;263-264]

1988 - UW-Madison Receives Award

On this date the National Science Foundation announced that UW-Madison would receive up to $12 million to establish the Engineering Research Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing. [Source: College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison]