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On This Day: April 28

1862 - (Civil War) Reconnaissance at Lee's Mill, Virginia

The 5th Wisconsin Infantry took part in a reconnaissance at Lee's Mill, Virginia.

1896 - Boxer Champion Fights in Washburn

On this date boxing champion John L. Sullivan and his fellow pugilist Paddy Ryan met in a "friendly" bout of three rounds, delighting an audience of Washburn residents. [Source: The "B" Book II, Tony Woiak, pg. 69]

1958 - Field Training Begins for Janesville Police Officers

On this date field training commenced for 49 members of the Janesville Auxiliary Police Corps, as they accompanied regular officers on their patrols and beats. When their duty assignments required uniforms, they wore helmets, belts, and Civil Defense armbands. The auxiliary cops helped direct traffic, assisted at accidents, took notes on investigations done by official cops and were on the lookout for stolen vehicles. [Source: Janesville Gazette]