Civil War

Civil War
9:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 2

The 8th Wisconsin was known for its unofficial mascot, Old Abe, a domesticated bald eagle who terrorized Confederates in battle.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

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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Civil War
9:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 1

We begin a series on Wisconsin's critical role in the American Civil War, during the conflict's 150th anniversary.
Credit 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.

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Civil War
9:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 1

We begin a series on Wisconsin's critical role in the American Civil War, during the conflict's 150th anniversary.
Credit 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.

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Civil War
9:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

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.

Civil War
8:38 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Descendant of Underground Railroad 'Passenger' Preserves Its History

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.

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Civil War
8:38 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Descendant of Underground Railroad 'Passenger' Preserves Its History

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.

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Civil War
9:55 am
Fri September 16, 2011

The Irish in America's Civil War

Rock musician-turned-Civil War reenactor David Kincaid, in period clothing, has compiled Irish music inspired by the War Between the States

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.

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Civil War
9:51 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Civil War Angel

Cordelia Harvey
Credit 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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Civil War
9:47 am
Fri September 16, 2011

The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans

Civil War veterans faced many challenges as they tried to return to civilian life – including being mythologized. Dr. James Marten is the author of the new book Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America, published by The University of North Carolina Press. Marten is a professor of history at Marquette University.

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Civil War
9:42 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Wisconsin's Civil War Sacrifice

Why exactly does Wisconsin have its own Civil War Museum? Doug Dammann explains that the state gave a lot during the War Between the States. Dammann is the director of the Kenosha Civil War Museum, part of the Kenosha Public Museums complex. He spoke with Mitch Teich. You can learn more about how the museum is marking the war's 150th anniversary here.

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