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On This Day: April 16

1865 - (Civil War) Battle of Fort Tyler, Georgia

Although the war had already officialy ended, news of the armistice had not reached Fort Tyler in West Point, Georgia. Col. Oscar La Grange of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry led 3,700 Union troops in this needless battle that killed 19 Confederate soldiers.

1916 - George Wilbur Peck Dies

On this date Wisconsin governor and comic author George W. Peck died. Peck was born in New York in 1840, but lived in Wisconsin from 1843 until his death in 1916. He was connected with newspapers in Whitewater, Jefferson, and founded the La Crosse Sun in 1874, which he later moved to Milwaukee. At one time he was the best-known Wisconsin writer in the nation, for his sketches titled "Peck's Bad Boy." He was also the author of Peck's Compendium of Fun, and Peck's Sunshine, as well as many other stories in some way connected with the mischief-loving, mirth-provoking "Bad Boy." One of his books, Peck's Bad Boy With the Cowboys, is online at Project Gutenberg. Peck served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1890. He served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1891 to 1895 but was defeated for re-election. Peck is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

1944 - USS Wisconsin Commissioned

On this date the USS Wisconsin battleship was put into active duty for service during World War II. The ship, decommissioned in 1948, was recommissioned in 1951 for service in the Korean War. [Source:]