From Paper to Iron: Wisconsin Joins the Civil War, 1861-1862
For Wisconsin, the Civil War began in April 1861 with a single piece of paper, a declaration of war from Governor Alexander Randall that assured his state would protect and defend the Union until its last breath. By the end of 1862, Governor Randall's promise manifested itself on the battlefield, as Wisconsin soldiers that began in gray militia coats and hand-me-downs now stood tall in radiant blue frock coats and forage caps, while some, outfitted in ominous black felt hats, became the most feared fighting force in the Union Army. In just over eighteen months, the men of Wisconsin--farmers, laborers, teachers and merchants--entrusted with destroying Confederate forces and preserving the Union, were no longer just flesh and blood. They were iron--strong, unflappable, and soon to be unstoppable. This exhibit is their story, how Wisconsin's soldiers trained for, fought in, and eventually won the Civil War, from Paper to Iron.
Starts: July 2, 2011
Ends: September 30, 2012
Location of this event
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703
Accessibility: The museum has ramp entrances. Although there are no ramps into the exhibits, volunteers/employees will help anyone needing assistance. Bathrooms also have handicapped access.
Web site: museum.dva.state.wi.us
Description:The award-winning Wisconsin Veterans Museum tells the story of men and women from the Badger State who served in America's conflicts from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War.
The museum is located directly across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (year-round). Sunday summer hours (April through September only) are noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.