Civil War

Civil War
12:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Meaning of the Civil War

Over the course of the past year, Lake Effect has explored the role of Wisconsin soldiers in the American Civil War, in our series "Iron Brigade and Beyond."

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Civil War
12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Milwaukee Teen Led Brave Charge in Civil War Battle

The Boy Colonel, Arthur MacArthur, Jr. of the 24th Wisconsin Regiment.

While the Iron Brigade, and its Wisconsin regiments, get a lot of the glory due to their fierce fighting in the American Civil War, there were other Wisconsin regiments which showed their mettle in battle.

Perhaps no story drives that home more than that of Arthur MacArthur of Milwaukee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, November 25, 1863.

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Civil War
1:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Iron Brigade Gets Some Michigander Help at Battle of Fredericksburg

At the outset of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Army of the Potomac crosses the Rappahannock, under the command of Generals Burnside, Sumner, Hooker & Franklin. (Kurz & Allison)
Credit Image courtesy of Library of Congress

As the country heads to the fiscal brink amid political posturing, it's easy to think that our current political environment is more polarized than it was in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.

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Civil War
1:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll after the first day of battle at Gettysburg.
Credit Wiki Commons photo

For the past six months, we've been telling you the stories of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War through our "Iron Brigade and Beyond" series.

Fighting with the brave regiments of the Iron Brigade to the Old Abe 8th, Battery B to the so-called Western brigades, Wisconsinites saw action in some of the war's fiercest and deadliest battles.

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Civil War
1:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Clara Barton: More Than the Red Cross

Clara Barton, in a 1906 photograph.
Credit Wiki Commons photo

It's hard to place enough significance on how the American Civil War would go on to shape our country and its people - or to overestimate the extreme loss of life it caused.

Beyond the battlefields, however, the War Between the states also brought forth many firsts, such as the first Army ambulance corps, the first use of conscription of soldiers, the first black U.S. Army officer - the list goes on and on.

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Civil War
2:47 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Vicksburg: the Eighth Wisconsin Enters the Western Theater of the Civil War

William Tecumsah Sherman

Throughout the fall of 1862, Wisconsin soldiers were making a name for themselves for their ferocious fighting in several major battles - most notably the Black Hats of the West gained their better known moninker The Iron Brigade after an epic battle at Sout Mountain 150 years ago last month.

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Civil War
2:53 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Freedom Project: Three Exhibits at the Haggerty Museum of Art

A few weeks ago, we told you about Marquette University's unique take on commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The university's year-long "Freedom Project" will take a cross-disciplinary approach to examining the multiple and complex definitions of freedom, in the past and today. As part of the broader Freedom Project, the Haggerty Museum of Art has designed three exhibitions centered on this general theme of freedom.

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Civil War
2:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: In the Wake of Antietam

With election season in full swing, it's easy to think that today's political environment is more polarized than in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.

Of course, one has to merely rewind about 150 years to the American Civil War to rejigger that assumption.

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Civil War
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering the Initial Emancipation Proclamation

"The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet," painted by F.B. Carpenter and engraved by A.H. Ritchie
Credit Courtesy of LOC

"That...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free..." We know those words: they're from the opening lines of the Emancipation Proclamation, which upon being issued by President Abraham Lincoln, went into effect January 1, 1863.

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Civil War
1:37 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Marquette Civil War Project Explores the Many Meanings of Freedom

Most of the commemorations in this second year of the Civil War sesquicentennial revolve around analyzing the military history of the conflict. But Marquette University wanted to mark the anniversary by presenting another angle: the meaning of freedom.

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