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On This Day: November 16

1861 - (Civil War) 4th Wisconsin Infantry Reconnoiters Virginia's Eastern Shore

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was among Union forces assigned to an expedition in Accomac County, Virginia. The regiment's historian wrote, "The Fourth and a battery [of light artillery] and small cavalry force, embarked on an expedition to the eastern shore of Virginia, where they remained, encountering some severe marching through the mud and flooded roads, under the command of General Lockwood, until the 9th of December."

1887 - Wisconsin Veteran's Home Established

On this date the Wisconsin Veteran's Home was established in Waupaca.

1896 - First Rural Free Delivery Route Established

On this date the first Rural Free Delivery route in Wisconsin was established at Sun Prairie. Rural Free Delivery routes were free government mail delivery services in rural areas. [Source: The Wisconsin Mosaic]

1941 - Fine Arts Museum Opens in Racine

On this date the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts opened on Northwestern Avenue in Racine. In 1938, Jennie E. Wustum honored her husband's memory by donating their house, property and a small trust fund to the City of Racine. She wanted to create an art museum and park that would benefit future generations. Since its founding, the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts has developed a national reputation for its collection and exhibitions, as well as its outreach programs and studio art classes. [Source: Racine Art Museum]