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On This Day: March 27

1865 - (Civil War) Battle of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Begins

The Battle of Spanish Fort began on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The 8th, 11th, 14th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 33rd and 35th Wisconsin Infantry regiments participated in this effort to capture one of the last Confederate strongholds.

1920 - Nation's First Tank Company Created in Janesville

On this date Janesville was chosen as home base for the National Guard's first tank company in the United States, the 32nd. When activated for duty during WWII, the unit was called Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion. This company fought in the Philippines during World War II. Many of the ninty-nine Janesville men who became prisoners of war and were tortured during the infamous Bataan Death March, were affiliated with this tank company. Its story is told in a compelling collection of documents and interviews created by high school students in nearby Maywood, Illinois. [Source: Janesville Gazette.]