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On This Day: March 10

1854 - Glover's Capture

On this date, Joshua Glover, a slave from Missouri, was captured by federal agents in Racine. Abolitionists led by Sherman Booth stormed the Milwaukee jail where he was held and got him safely to Canada through the Underground Railroad. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Holmes, pg 184-202]

1864 - (Civil War) Red River Campaign Begins in Louisiana

The Red River Campaign took place in Louisiana and Texas. At a crucial moment in the campaign, Wisconsin Captain Joseph Bailey (1827-1867) of Wisconsin Dells freed 60 stranded transport ships and their accompanying ironclad gunboats as Confederate troops approached to capture them. The 8th, 14th, 23rd, 29th and 33rd Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery participated in the Red River Campaign. The Red River expedition lasted until May 22.

1903 - Clare Boothe Luce Born

On this date playwrite and diplomat Clare Booth Luce was born in New York. She began her career editing for Vogue and Vanity Fair. She married publisher Henry Luce in 1935. Her play The Women, satirizing wealthy New York matrons, was a success on Broadway. Other hits were Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938) and Margin for Error (1939). She was twice elected to the House of Representatives (1943-47) as a Republican from Connecticut. During the Eisenhower administration (1953-56) she served as ambassador to Italy. Clare Boothe Luce lived in Marinette, Wisconsin for part of her life.