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  •  The irony is that Wisconsin gave many sons to the (3+ / 0-)
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    Union during the Civil War. The famous Iron Brigade included three volunteer regiments from Wisconsin. In numerous engagements the brigade fought valiantly to preserve the Union, and spilled most of its blood at Gettysburg.

    Wisconsin regiments also charged up Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga.

    I believe that, to a man, the old Wisconsin veterans would utterly reject this Confederate deadhead legislature.

    These people are beneath contempt.

    •  Stranger Still -- Fightin' Joe Hooker (0+ / 0-)

      If one examines how the brigade got its nickname, one finds it happened during the Battle for South Mountain, a battle which occurred in western Maryland when the Army of the Potomac was chasing the Lee's Army of Northern Virginia:

      "...As the Western men advanced up the National Road, forcing the Confederate line all the way back to the gap, McClellan asked, "What troops are those fighting in the Pike?" Hooker replied, "[Brigadier] General Gibbon's brigade of Western men." McClellan stated, "They must be made of iron." Hooker said that the brigade had performed even more superbly at Second Bull Run; to this, McClellan said that the brigade consisted of the "best troops in the world". Hooker supposedly was elated and rode off without his orders. There are a few stories related to the origin, but the men immediately adopted the name, which was quickly used in print after South Mountain..."
      Hooker was their commanding officer for the division they were in.

      Although Hooker took a demotion from commanding the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Chancellorsville, he continued to serve in the blue.  He and troops were sent to Chattanooga to help relieve the siege there.  Hooker led the flanking attack on Missionary Ridge with those troops which cleared the ridge and totally lifted the Confederate siege.  Much debate apparently still exists as to the orders which prompted Thomas's men to continue their assault up the Ridge face and Thomas's frosty relations with Grant have not helped to improve discovery.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Fri May 02, 2014 at 04:46:11 PM PDT

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