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On This Day: September 13

1813 - William Augustus Barstow Born

On this date William Augustus Barstow, governor of Wisconsin, was born in Plainfield, Connecticut. The son of William A. Barstow and Sarah Hall, William Barstow served as secretary of state in Nelson Dewey's administration. He was elected governor on the Democratic ticket in 1853. He was renominated for a second term and ran against Coles Bashford in the general election. Barstow was declared the winner but was removed from office two months later when he was found guilty of election fraud. He was the first governor in U.S. history to be so deposed. Afterwards, Barstow moved his family to Janesville, where they lived until the onset of the Civil War. Barstow raised the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry and was appointed colonel of this regiment. William Augustus Barstow died of chronic diarrhea on December 13, 1865 in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was serving as Provost Marshall General of Kansas. He is buried in Brookmere Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.36]

1861 - (Civil War) Eighth Wisconsin Infantry Mustered In

On this date the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, known as the Eagle Brigade, was mustered at Camp Randall, in Madison for service in the Civil War. The 8th Wisconsin Infantry was known as the Eagle Brigade for their mascot, Old Abe, a bald eagle that accompianed the regiment in battle for three years. [Source: Wisconsin Assembly]

1862 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Iuka, Mississippi

Then 8th Wisconsin Infantry participated in a skirmish at Iuka, Mississippi.