Civil War

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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.

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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Last month, we began the series Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the war between the states, we’re commemorating the role and sacrifice of the 91-thousand Wisconsin men and women who fought in some of the biggest battles of the war; yet received marginal attention.

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It’s Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s war dead. We thought it was an appropriate time to begin a new series on Wisconsin soldiers from a long ago war – the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict fought on American soil. Although the war is typically characterized as battle between the North and the South, the then-Western frontier of Wisconsin played a pivotal role.

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society

It’s Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s war dead. We thought it was an appropriate time to begin a new series on Wisconsin soldiers from a long ago war – the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict fought on American soil. Although the war is typically characterized as battle between the North and the South, the then-Western frontier of Wisconsin played a pivotal role.

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

Mar 26, 2012

Even as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its second year, Americans still disagree on what was the fundamental root cause of the war. But one author says it really was all about the moral question of slavery. Pewaukee writer, teacher, and independent Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke is the author of the new book, Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory. It's published by Moving Train Books LLC, which he also founded. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci. You can hear about the origin for Sobottke's book title as supplemental audio below.

Before the Civil War, one route of the Underground Railroad traveled right through Milwaukee. We meet one woman whose great-great-great grandmother took it to freedom. Kimberly Simmons is the director of the Detroit River Project, which seeks to increase the visibility of Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Ontario. Her great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Quarrls, escaped her life of slavery in St. Louis and escaped through the Milwaukee area en route to Canada.

Before the Civil War, one route of the Underground Railroad traveled right through Milwaukee. We meet one woman whose great-great-great grandmother took it to freedom. Kimberly Simmons is the director of the Detroit River Project, which seeks to increase the visibility of Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Ontario. Her great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Quarrls, escaped her life of slavery in St. Louis and escaped through the Milwaukee area en route to Canada.

The Irish in America's Civil War

Sep 16, 2011

Rock musician-turned-Civil War reenactor David Kincaid talks about and plays Irish-American Civil War songs. Kincaid performed Irish-American Civil War songs in period costume at the 2011 Irish Fest in Milwaukee. Kincaid is also the co-founder of the New York-based rock band, The Brandos. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Civil War Angel

Sep 16, 2011
Wisconsin Historical Society

A Civil War heroine urged President Lincoln to establish a Soldier's Home hospital in Wisconsin. Bob Kann is the author of Cordelia Harvey: Civil War Angel, part of the Badger Biographies Series published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Kann is a storyteller, juggler, magician and educator and has written several other biographies for young readers. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

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