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On This Day: March 8

1862 - (Civil War) 1st Wisconsin Cavalry Mustered In

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry mustered in at Camp Harvey, Kenosha, and left for for St. Louis, Missouri, a week later. It would go on to fight in the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 and in the Atlanta Campaign the following year. It also helped capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis on May 10, 1865. The 1st Cavalry lost about half its men in three years: six officers and 67 enlisted men were killed in combat and seven officers and 321 enlisted men died from disease.

1943 - Joseph Dean Dies

On this date Joseph Dean died. One of the great physicians of the Madison area, Dean founded the medical clinic which bears his name today. He began his Madison practice in 1904, was chief of staff at St. Mary's Hospital, and served on the state board of health from 1925 to 1939. He often traveled by bicycle to his patients' homes to administer treatment. Dean is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison. [Source: Bishops to bootleggers : a biographical guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p.225]

1947 - Wisconsin Team Victorious

On this date UW defeated Purdue, 72-60, at an Evanston high school gym to win the Big Ten Conference basketball championship. The game was a continuation of one commenced on February 24 at Purdue. The game was postponed when the stands collapsed, killing three spectators and injuring close to 200. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

1950 - Tydings Committee Hearings Begin with McCarthy

On this date the Tydings Committee began hearings. It was a sub-committee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was charged with investigating Sen. Joseph McCarthy's allegations of communist activities within the U.S. government. Senator McCarthy entered the hearings at 10:00 a.m. that morning carrying an extremely large brown briefcase, claiming he was "prepared to make big revelations." [Source: Joseph McCarthy]