Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Military History Online

The Iron Brigade (Wisconsin Veterans Museum)

Iron Brigade, The Civil War's "Best Fighting Brigade"

Read More About It

"The Iron Brigade: A Military History" by Alan Nolan

"Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade" edited by Alan Nolan and Sharon Eggleston Vipond

"The Flags of the Iron Brigade" by Howard Michael Madaus and Richard Zeitlin

"Old Abe the War Eagle" by Richard Zeitlin

"Wisconsin in the Civil War" by Frank Klement



Interesting Fact:

The Iron Brigade had such a large number of casualties during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863 that some eastern regiments were added to the outfit, causing the Iron Brigade to lose its distinctive character of being composed of only western troops.

Study Questions:

  • In what Civil War battles did the Iron Brigade take part?
  • How did the fighting group get its name?
  • What was so special about the Iron Brigade's uniform?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 1:

    1961: Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, break Babe Ruth's record.

  • October 1

    October 1, 1861: The famed "Iron Brigade" was formed, including the 7th Wisconsin, the 2nd Wisconsin and the 6th Wisconsin, and was led by Brig. Gen. Rufus King of Milwaukee. No other Union Brigade suffered heavier battlefield losses than the renowned "Iron Brigade."

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