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2:11 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: 150 Years After Antietam

The infamous, deadly "Bloody Lane" at the Antietam battlefield
Credit Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

One hundred and fifty years ago to this day, Union and Confederate soldiers met up near Sharpsburg, Maryland - by Antietam Creek. The ensuing battle would be a turning point in the American Civil War - and some say, a point of no return that committed the country to a prolonged and deadly conflict.

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Civil War
1:52 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Great Lakes Civil War Forum Extends Antietam's Impact Beyond Battlefield

President Lincoln with the soon-to-be-replaced General George McClellan and officers after the Battle of Antietam.
Credit Photo courtesy of LOC

Before the break, we heard the story of the Iron Brigade’s role at the battle of Antietam. It was a group of fights that are commonly remembered as the bloodiest day of battle in American history, and for good reason.

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Civil War
2:24 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Web Exclusive: The Father of Battlefield Medicine

Jonathan Letterman, the "father of Battlefield Medicine"

One hundred fifty years ago on September 17th, Union and Confederate soldiers met up near Sharpsburg, Maryland by Antietam Creek. The ensuing battle would become known as the bloodiest single day of fighting in American history, claiming 23,000 casualties. It would also mark a turning point in the American Civil War, committing the country to a prolonged and deadly conflict.

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Civil War
2:18 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Web Exclusive: Rare Images of Antietam Offer Veterans' Look at Battle

Battlefield guide and author Stephen Recker's new book is "Rare Images of Antietam"

By the end of the day on September 17th, 1865, more than 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers had been killed or wounded. The Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War - and in American history.

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Civil War
2:00 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Web Exclusive: Clara Barton Transforms Role of Nurse on the Battlefield

The famous Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton
Credit Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

One hundred fifty years later, 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
2:29 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: The Black Hats Earns Their Better Alias at South Mountain

"Fighting" Joe Hooker, who was in command of the I Corps during the Battle of South Mountain, a precurser fight to Antietam.
Credit Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

In a couple of weeks, the United States will commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War – the Battle of Antietam. But just a few days before that well-known fight came another significant clash between Union and Confederate forces that would come to solidify the reputation of the Wisconsin soldiers in the Iron Brigade.

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Civil War
2:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

It was the so-called "Black Hats" of Gen. Rufus King's division that battled at Brawner Farm. King himself was a prominent Wisconsinite and three Wisconsin regiments fought there.

Next Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Civil War
2:58 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

A monument to the soldiers lost at the fight at Groveton, also known as Brawner's Farm, that began Second Bull Run.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

The end of this month marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Civil War
9:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - The Carnage of Shiloh

Click to Enlarge Photo"The Battle of Shiloh," by Thure de Thulstrup, circa 1888
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.

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Civil War
9:09 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 3

Major John Gibbon first commanded the Iron Brigade - and bought the volunteer soldiers their iconic black hats.

If you drive directly west from Milwaukee for about three and a half hours, you'll come to the city of Prairie du Chien, one of Wisconsin's oldest cities. Given its age and history, it's no surprise then that Prairie du Chien has some interesting connections to the American Civil War. This Saturday, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will open a new permanent exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum about the Swift U.S. Army General Hospital. It was one of only three hospitals in Wisconsin to care for wounded Civil War soldiers.

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