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On This Day: December 25

1835 - Gilbert Motier Woodward Born

On this date Gilbert Motier Woodward was born in Washington D.C. Woodward began practicing law in La Crosse in 1860. He served more than three years in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private, first sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant in the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. After the war, Woodward served as district attorney of La Crosse County from 1866 to 1873. He was elected mayor of the city of La Crosse in 1874 and 1875, and served as city attorney from 1876 to 1882. Woodward served in Congress as a Democrat from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1885. He made an unsuccessful bid for the office of Governor of Wisconsin in 1886 but went on to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888. Woodward died in La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 13, 1913 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1862 - (Civil War)The 23rd Wisconsin Infantry patrols near Vicksburg, Mississippi

The 23rd Wisconsin Infantry took part in an expedition from Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, as part of the Vicksburg Campaign.