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.
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.
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.