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1864 – (Civil War) Skirmish near Jackson, Mississippi

On this day in 1864, the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry fought near Jackson, Mississippi, during Union General Slocum’s expedition to destroy a bridge over Pearl River.…

1832 – Atkinson enters the Trembling Lands

On this date, General Atkinson and his troops entered the area known by the Native Americans as “trembling lands” in their pursuit of Black Hawk. The area was some 10…

1888 – Herbert Gasser Born

On this date Nobel Prize winner Herbert Spencer Gasser was born in Platteville, Wisconsin. Gasser attended the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated A.B. in 1910 and A.M. in 1911.…

1863 – (Civil War) Jackson, Mississippi, Campaign begins

The Jackson, Mississippi Campaign began under Major General William T. Sherman. The 11th, 12th, 23rd, 29th and 33rd Wisconsin Infantry regiments, 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery, and 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry took…

1854 – Explorers Arrive in Ashland

On this date arrived in what is now Ashland. However, they were not the first explorers of European descent to venture into this area. Months before, was the first explorer…

1943 – Statue Dedicated in Racine

On this date, a monument of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was dedicated in East Park in Racine. This was the first statue in the United states of a president and…

1938 – Last Performance of the Seils-Sterling Circus

On this date the Seils-Sterling Circus, from Sheboygan, performed for the last time in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At one time, it was one of the country’s greatest motorized shows. Its…

1902 – Cornerstone Laid for Luther College

On this date, the cornerstone was laid for Luther College at West Sixth Street and Kinzie Avenue in Racine. [Source: ]…

1863 – (Civil War) Confederates Withdraw from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

After three days of fighting at Gettsyburg, Confederate leaders gave up their attempt to invade the North and retreated toward Virginia. Union troops spend the day burying the dead from…

1836 – Wisconsin Territory Created

On this date in Mineral Point, Col. took the oath of office to become the first Governor of the newly created . The Territory, previously attached to Michigan, encompassed what…