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On This Day: June 1

1843 - First Vessel Docks at Milwaukee Cargo Pier

On this date the first vessel, the Cleveland, docked at North Pier. This pier allowed vessels too large to enter the original mouth of the Milwaukee River a place to unload cargo and passengers. The pier was 1200 feet long and 44 feet wide. It was destroyed by strong winds and ice in 1846. [Source: Milwaukee County Historical Markers]

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, Begins

From May 31-June 12, 1864, more than 160,000 men clashed at Cold Harbor, Virginia, during the Wilderness Campaign. The 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 36th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part. On June 1, the 5th Wisconsin Infantry arrived after a long march, barefoot and exhausted. Nevertheless, they charged enemy lines and captured a number of prisoners. By the afternoon, the 36th Wisconsin Infantry lost 140 of  the 142 men who tried to take an enemy position.

1901 - First English language Lutheran services held in Platteville

On this date, the first English Language Lutheran services were held in Platteville. The next day, 56 attendees signed the charter for the appropriately named, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church. [Source: First English Evangelical Lutheran Church]