Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Flag

Wisconsin Symbols, State Flag

The Wisconsin State Flag


Read More About It

"How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States" by Rita D. Haban

"Flags of the Civil War" by Philip Katcher


Vocabulary:

adopted
banner
coat of arms
federal


Interesting Fact:

It wasn't until 1979 when the word "Wisconsin" and the date "1848" were added to the state flag to distinguish it from other state flags that were similar in color and design.


Study Questions:

  • Did Wisconsin have a flag prior to 1863?
  • Why was a flag important to the troops during the Civil War?
  • What is the "coat of arms?"


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin's flag:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


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

    1776: British forces leave Boston during the Revolutionary War.
    1969: Former Milwaukee native, Golda Meir, was elected prime minister of Israel.



  • March 17

    March 17, 1863: The state flag was adopted by the Legislature so Wisconsin regiments in the Civil War would have a banner. The state coat of arms appeared on one side of the dark blue flag while the federal coat of arms appeared on the other side.


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