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On This Day: June 22

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, Virginia

The Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, also known as the First Battle of the Weldon Railroad, was the first important engagement of the Siege of Petersburg. Union forces successfully extended their lines to the west but failed to capture one of the railroads supplying the city. The 5th Wisconsin Infantry fought in this battle.

1872 - First Edition of the Ashland Press Printed Today

On this date the first edition of the Ashland Press, a weekly publication, was printed. It was printed in the barn of Ashland city founder, Asaph Whittlesey, in Bayfield. The second edition was printed in Ashland, outdoors and under a shade tree next to the Ashland Press building which was undergoing renovation at the time. [Source: "B" Book I, Beer Bottles, Brawls, Boards, Brothels, Bibles, Battles & Brownstone, Tony Woiak, pg 14]

1931 - UW-Madison Building Dedicated

On this date the Mechanical Engineering Building was dedicated at UW-Madison. Department head, Gustus L. Larson, was the Department of Mechanical Engineering's first chairman. [Source: College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison]

1943 - McCarthy Breaks Leg in Drunken Accident

On this date future senator Joseph McCarthy broke his leg during a drunken Marine Corps initiation ceremony, despite a press release and other claims that he was hurt in "military action." Although nicknamed "Tail Gunner Joe", McCarthy never was a tail gunner, but instead served at a desk as an intelligence officer. In 1951 he applied for medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to those who had flown at least 25 combat missions. The Marine Corps has records of only 11 combat flights McCarthy flew on, and those were described as local "milk run" flights. Many of McCarthy's claims were disputed by political opponents as well as journalists.