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Dispatches from the Front - the 15th Wisconsin in the Civil
Join the 15th Wisconsin Infantry in
real time as the Civil War unfolded 150 years ago
An on-going series
presented by Bruce Weaver II featuring scans of historical handwritten documents (with
transcriptions) and related period engravings...presented
chronologically (1862-1865) as they appeared 150
steamboat downriver, march for miles, fire volleys and feel the
reverberations of cannon fire in battles with tens of thousands, fix
your bayonets and rout the enemy, build fortifications and hunker
down in trenches while Minnie balls zing overhead. Be in on the
unfolding action with the Norwegian regiment!
“Dispatches from the Front” features a month by
month recap of activities of the 15th Wisconsin Infantry—the
“Norwegian Regiment” as they
soldiered on in the War Between the States. Throughout the Civil War’s
Sesquicentennial, we’ll follow the 15th’s progress in real
time as recorded from the front.
Most of the primary
source images posted here date from the 1860’s. Engravings from artists
who sketched relevant scenes while at the front and were published in
illustrated newspapers such as
Harper’s Weekly often accompany the dispatches. What you see here is largely drawn directly from these period sources. There are no “copy and paste”
narratives of the 15th’s progress and additional engravings,
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regimental flag shown here is from
the collections of the Vesterheim Museum. It was presented to the
15th Wisconsin in Chicago as it made its way to the front.
Inscription on the front of the flag
reads: Presented by the Society Nora of Chicago to the Scandinavien
Regiment March 1st 1862 For God og Vort Land!
(for God and our Country).
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