Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Paths of the Civil War

Wisconsin Civil War regimental histories

Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861-1865

Wisconsin Historical Society's Civil War records


Read More About It

"Wisconsin in the Civil War" by Frank L. Klement


Vocabulary:

casualty
skirmish


Interesting Fact:

More Wisconsin soldiers died of disease than those who died from wounds received in battle.


Study Questions:

  • In what regiment was George Drake assigned?
  • How many casualties did Wisconsin suffer in the Civil War?
  • What was the outcome of the skirmish at Falling Waters?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin in the Civil War:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 2:

    1881: President James Garfield is shot by Charles Guiteau and dies the next day.
    1937: Female aviator Amelia Earhart along with navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific while attempting a around-the-world flight.
    1964: President Lyndon Johnson signs into law a major Civil Rights bill.



  • July 2

    July 2, 1861: Private George Drake, 19, of Milwaukee, became the first Wisconsin casualty in the Civil War. He was killed during a skirmish at Falling Waters, Virginia. Drake's dying word was "Mother!"


    Wisconsin History Day By Day homepage
    January - December calendar page