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On This Day: January 16

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Kimbrough's Cross Roads,Tennessee

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry occupied Kimbrough's Cross Roads in Tennessee. On this day in 1865, the 11th Wisconsin Infantry led an expedition from Brashear City to Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana.

1888 - Wisconsin Native William Vilas Appointed to Federal Position

On this date William F. Vilas took the office of the United States Secretary of the Interior. Vilas had previously served as Postmaster of the United States and later served in the United States Senate as a democrat. [Source: US Congress Biographical Directory]