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Interesting Fact:

After the attack on Fort Sumter, many Wisconsin newspapers had stories and editorials demanding revenge. In many Wisconsin cities, indignation meetings were held where people shared their feelings about the event.

Study Questions:

  • Who was the Wisconsin governor in April 1861?
  • Besides newspapers, how did the news of Fort Sumter travel to Wisconsin?
  • How long after the start of the Civil War did troops begin to train at Camp Randall in Madison?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 16:

    1962: Walter Cronkite takes over as anchorman on CBS Evening News.

  • April 16

    April 16, 1861: Two days after the surrender of Fort Sumter the state Legislature appropriated an additional $200,000 out of any money lying idle in the treasury, not belonging to the school fund or school income fund, to defray the cost of transporting troops and procuring and transporting arms and munitions of war.

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