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On This Day: March 29

1865 - (Civil War) Appomattox Campaign Begins in Virginia

When it became clear that the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, was about to fall, Confederate leaders and troops began moving west toward the town of Appomattox Court House. Union troops, including several Wisconsin regiments, followed close on their heels in a series of battles fought March 29 - April 9, 1865, that became known as the Appomattox Campaign.

1918 - First Lady Jean Vlasis Lucey Born

On this date the wife of Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey was born. Jean Vlasis Lucey was very active in her husband's governorship (1971-1977), speaking out on issues more often than first ladies before her. The couple met while Vlasis  was a political secretary in Milwuakee. During her husband's term, Jean Lucey studied American Literature and Journalism at the UW. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.222-226.]