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On This Day: June 18

1829 - Isaac Stephenson Born

On this date Isaac Stephenson, Wisconsin politician and businessman, was born in Yorkton, New Brunswick, Canada. Stephenson settled in Marinette, Wisconsin in 1858, where he engaged in the lumber business. Stephenson was a member of the Wisconsin State assembly in 1866 and 1868, and served as founder and president of the Stephenson Banking Company. From 1883 until 1889, Stephenson was a Republican member of Congress. After returning to Marinette and working in the lumber business, Stephenson was elected in 1907 as a Republican to the United States Senate. Stephenson served until 1915. Stephenson died in Marinette on March 15, 1918. He is buried in Forest Home Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Guide of the United States Congress]

1864 - (Civil War) Fourth day at Petersburg, Virginia

The Union assault on Petersburg, Virginia, reached its climax on this day. The 4th Wisconsin Light Artillery and 5th, 6th, 7th, 19th, 36th, 37th and 38th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part in this battle. On June 18, the 36th Wisconsin Infantry led an attack on Confederate fortifications but was cut down after charging from the trenches. It lost five officers and 111 enlisted men either killed or wounded. Many wounded laid on the field all day until they could be rescued under cover of darkness.