Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry  
Dedicated to the Military and Civilian History
of Wisconsin in the Civil War
And The Iron Brigade of the West

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The Storm Cometh-we hope the infatuated rebels like the 
appearance of the northern horizon. 
The storm of patriotism may shortly become the hurricane of vengeance, 
and they have only themselves to thank...

Those who sow the wind must reap the whirlwind.

Milwaukee Sentinel Editorial Saturday, April 20, 1861

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"I was not a Wisconsin soldier, and have not been honorably discharged,
but at the judgment day I want to be with Wisconsin soldiers,"
John Gibbon 1880

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Gather up the fragments; let nothing be lost,
To show the coming ages what liberty cost

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The Grand Review

And here are passing now those yet spared from earth and heaven
of that "Iron Brigade," of Meredith's,
on whose list appear such names as Lucius Fairchild, 
Henry Morrow, Rufus Dawes, and Samuel Williams, and such
regiments as the 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan, and 2d, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin, which on the first day's front line with Buford and Reynolds, in that one fierce onset at Willoughby's run, withstood
overwhelming odds, with the  loss of 
a thousand, a hundred and fifty-three of highest manliness.

Here draws near a moving spectacle indeed, the last of the dear old 
First Corps; thrice decimated at Gettysburg 
in action and passion heroic, martyr-like, sublime. 

Sit down again together, Army of the Potomac! 
all that are left of us,-on the banks of the river whose name we bore, 
into which we have put new meaning of our own. 
Take strength from one more touch, ere we pass
afar from the closeness of old. 
The old is young to-day; and the young is passed. Survivors of the fittest,-for the fittest, it seems to us, abide in the glory where we saw them last,-take the grasp of hands,  and look into the eyes,
without words!

Who shall tell what is past and what survives?
For there are things born but lately in the years, 
which belong to the eternities.


Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Brevet Major-General U.S. Volunteers-

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We thank the following organizations for their excellent 
facilities and help over the years: 
in the research of the Second Wisconsin, 
Iron Brigade of the West and Wisconsin Military History

The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum,
The Civil War Institute at Carroll College,
The Public Libraries of Milwaukee,
Manitowoc, Stoughton, Oshkosh, Shawano,
Waukesha, Fond du Lac and Fox Lake,
and the National Archives. 
And public record sources across the state.

We also wish to acknowledge the help and interest of National Park Service 
staff at Manhattan Sites, Antietam, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Bull Run.

And the many local historians who have taken time to answer
questions and give direction.

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