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Wisconsin 1st Cavalry (Union)

08 Mar 1862

Wisconsin 1st Cavalry organized.

26 Apr 1863

Participated in the Battle of Cape Girardeau at MO.

19 Sep 1863

Participated in the Battle of Chickamauga at Catoosa County, Georgia; Walker County, Georgia.

The Battle of Chickamauga
The Battle of Chickamauga

After the successful Tullahoma Campaign, Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans continued the Union offensive, aiming to force Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army out of Chattanooga.  Through a series of skillful marches towards the Confederate-held city, Rosecrans forced Bragg out of Chattanooga and into Georgia.  Determined to reoccupy the city, Bragg followed the Federals north, brushing with Rosecrans’ army at Davis’ Cross Roads.  While they marched on September 18th, his cavalry and infantry ski… Read More

29 Dec 1863

Participated in the Battle of Mossy Creek at Jefferson County, Tennessee.

17 Jan 1864

Participated in the Battle of Dandridge at Jefferson County, Tennessee.

02 Apr 1865

Participated in the Battle of Selma at Selma, Alabama.

The Battle of Selma
The Battle of Selma

The war was almost over when Union troops under the leadership of Gen. James H. Wilson and 13,500 cavalry and mounted infantry (the Raiders) invaded Alabama. Anticipating invasion, Selma prepared as best it could. But Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's highly outnumbered 2,000 men, consisting of mostly old men and boys, could not hold Wilson's Raiders. The people of Selma were doomed even before the battle started on April 2, 1865. Selma has the largest historic district in Alabama, and it is the second-old… Read More

19 Jul 1865

Wisconsin 1st Cavalry mustered out.