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8th Wisconsin Infantry and Old Abe

Old Abe the War Eagle, became a trademark of Wisconsin’s Civil War history during his service with 8th Wisconsin Infantry throughout the war. Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Infantry trained at Camp Randall in Madison. Old Abe served as…

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The History and Role of of Fort Jackson in the Black Hawk War

Beginning of the Black Hawk War Fort Jackson would never have been established if it weren’t for the Black Hawk War that took place from April 6, 1832 – August 27, 1832. The Black Hawk War originally started due to…

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Fort McCoy, WI: Cuban Resettlement 1980

From 15 April to 31 October 1980, hordes of refugees crossed the US border by sea, these were called “The Freedom Flotilla.” What many Midwesterners thought would never affect them became a stark reality for those in Monroe Country, Wisconsin.…

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James H. Flatley Memorial Park

James Henry Flatley Jr. was an aviator and tactician in World War II.  A Navy Cross recipient, he was key in passing information and tactics he learned to other aviators about the new fighter, the F4F Wildcat.  Born in Green…

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USS Defender (MCM-2)

The USS Defender (MCM-2) was a naval Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship constructed at Marinette Mariner Corp. In Marinette Wisconsin.  The USS Defender was the second of 14 new Avenger class mine countermeasures ships designed to be used as ocean minesweepers…

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The Military Road

From Fort Wilkins, near Copper Harbor, MI, to Fort Howard in Green Bay, WI runs the Old Military Road. This road was built to connect the two forts during the Civil War for rapid reinforcements. Although used to connect the…

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Oshkosh Corp.

    The Oshkosh Corporation (formerly known as Oshkosh Truck, and even before that as the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company) is a manufacturing company that engineers and constructs a wide array of specialty vehicles. Dating back to 1906, the…

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Chief Black Hawk at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights

    Throughout the whole Black Hawk war, chief Black Hawk and his men were mistreated and oppressed, the same way many other natives and their tribes had been when the state men wanted to expand their land.  The Battle…

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General Billy Mitchell – Military Court Martial

General Billy Mitchell is most notably known for his push for US military airpower. His unrelenting commentary on the subject led to one of the most famous court martials for insubordination and his consequential resignation from the US Army. Early…

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POWs at Ft.McCoy

The first POW arriving to Camp McCoy on March 9, 1942 was Ensign Kazua Sakamaki, the first Japanese POW of WWII. He had been the commander of a midget submarine captured off of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941.[4] Camp…

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