Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Wisconsin National Guard

Wisconsin National Guard (Wikipedia

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"Wisconsin Territorial Days" Badger History Wisconsin Historical Society

"Defining a people, creating a state: the Wisconsin constitution"

Bibliography of Army National Guard History (Wisconsin)



Interesting Fact:

The first adjutant general of the militia appointed in Wisconsin was William R. Smith of Mineral Point, a post he held from 1839 until 1851.

Study Questions:

  • When did it change from the militia to the National Guard?
  • Besides fighting in wars, what other ways does the National Guard help the state and country?
  • What battles has the Wisconsin National Guard or militia been involved in since 1848?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the militia or national guard:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 17:

    1706: Benjamin Franklin is born.

  • January 17

    January 17, 1838: The territorial militia, the home guard which was the forerunner of the Wisconsin National Guard, was authorized for the first time by an act of the legislature for the protection of the Wisconsin Territory.

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