The La Crosse Light Guards
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We have raised a Company of Infantry and invite all those of able body that wish to defend the Union to join.
Company B, Second
Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Association, Inc.
is located in La Crosse Wisconsin, the home of the original company, formed as militia in 1858 and outfitted in 1859.
The La Crosse Democrat of September 20, 1861, tells of a family of five brothers in the county who decided by drawing straws which one should stay home and care for the farm while the others went to war. The item concludes: "This week he enlisted, saying the farm might go to hell - he was off for the war."
Meet Company B
"Our La Crosse friends are a
fine looking company of men-just a little wild!"
A Camp Randall Soldier
"they gave a glamour and
both fearful and entrancing"
Stonewall Jackson Brigade
Information Company B, you can contact
John Dudkiewicz at:
Or through our Second Wis Feedback Page.
As a field organization, we strive to
authentically portray the common infantryman in the Civil War.
As a community organization, we are committed to keeping the history of the Civil War era alive. Many members do school, 4H, community etc. presentations and living histories.
Company B is affiliated with
the Second Wisconsin Association,
and the Black Hat Battalion.
It is the goal of the members of this Crew to attain proficiency in drill,
authenticity in dress, and to have the general etiquette and knowledge of a
soldier in the Civil War era.
Leader and Committee Goals
It is the goal of the adult leadership of this Crew to train the youth members in drill, dress, etiquette and knowledge of the era. It is also the goal of the adult leadership to field youth members at the reenactments at Boscobel 2000, Norskedalen 2000, and the national reenactment at Wilson Creek, MO 2000.
It is also the goal of the adult leadership by the end of the campaign season in the year 2000 to turn over to the youth membership the training and leadership of new members. It will be the adult leadership's responsibility to mentor and assist in any way possible the members giving the training.