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On This Day: August 9

1793 - Milwaukee Pioneer Solomon Juneau Born

On this date Laurent Solomon Juneau was born in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada. Known as the founder of Milwaukee, Juneau was a fur trader with John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company. He built the first log house in Milwaukee in 1822 and followed with the first frame house in 1824. In October 1833 he formed a partnership with Morgan L. Martin to develop a village on the east side of the Milwaukee River. Juneau was elected commissioner of roads and director of the poor in September 1835. He was also appointed postmaster, a position he held until 1843. In 1837 he began publishing the Milwaukee Sentinel. He was elected first mayor of Milwaukee in 1846. Juneau died on November 14, 1856. [Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, p.198]

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia

The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments fought in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia. This battle shifted the war in Virginia from the Peninsula Campaign to northern Virginia, preparing the way for decisive encounters later in the summer.