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On This Day: November 17

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."

1866 - Katherine Marie Regan Schmedeman Born

On this date Katherine Marie Regan Schmedeman, wife of Governor Albert George Schmedeman, was born in Madison. Katherine Marie Regan married Albert George Schmedeman on June 1, 1892 in Madison. She served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1933 to 1935 and accompanied her husband to Norway, where he served as foreign minister from 1912 to 1921. Katherine Marie Regan Schmedeman died on November 13, 1948 in Madison. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.167]