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On This Day: February 28

1757 - Phineas Cadwell, Revolutionary War Veteran, Born

Cadwell was born on this date in 1757 in Hartford, Connecticut. He served in the Revolutionary War for almost four years. In 1850, he moved to the Town of Yorkville in Racine Co. In 1856, at age 99, he was given a government land grant of 160 acres for his service during the Revolutionary War. He died on February 11, 1857. [Source: U.S. Government Records-National Archives]

1860 - Victor Louis (Luitpold) Berger Born

On this date Victor Louis Berger was born in Nieder-Rehbach, Austria-Hungary. He arrived in the U.S. in 1878 where he became a Socialist, newspaperman, and Congressman. He migrated to Milwaukee in 1881 where he taught German. In the 1880s he became interested in social reform. In 1889, along with like-minded German socialists, he abandoned the Socialist Labor party in favor of a more flexible approach to reform. In 1893 he became editor of the Wisconsin Vorwaerts, a Milwaukee-based German-language daily. He was also editor of the Social Democratic Herald from 1901-1902. Berger was instrumental in influencing Eugene V. Debs to declare in favor of socialism. He assisted Debs in forming the Social Democracy of America in 1897. Berger was the first Socialist representative to be elected to Congress, serving 1911-1913. He was known as the spiritual leader of Milwaukee socialism. In January 1919 he was convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Society has published several books by or about Berger that you can learn about on our publications page. [Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, SHSW 1960, pg. 33]

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of Island No. 10, Missouri, Begins

The Battle of Island No. 10 began at New Madrid, Missouri. The 8th and 15th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries fought in this important battle.

1868 - Edwin B. Quiner Dies

On this date Edwin B. Quiner died. Quiner was born on the east coast, but moved to Watertown in 1850 where he published the State Register, an organ of the Wisconsin Sons of Temperance. He also published the Home Circle, a literary paper. In the late 1850s, he settled in Madison. During the Civil War, he began to systematically gather and save materials for The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union , completed in May of 1866, which documented history and organization of the Wisconsin regiments during the Civil War. Quiner died at his residence at Baraboo two years later. [Source: Wisconsin Necrology, SHSW Volume 1: page 190]