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Rock Island Arsenal Tour Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The Rock Island Arsenal is located on an island in the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturer in the United States, and it’s history predates the Civil War.  The museum is the second oldest US Army museum still operating. 31 pieces of [ » ]

1st Wis Gray Frock Coat Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Gray Frock Coat of Corporal Milton Ewen Research Notes On Friday, March 24, 2006, Scott Frank, Marc Storch and Gary Van Kauwenbergh, met with Wisconsin Veterans Museum Curator of Collections Bill Brewster to examine the frock coat belonging to Corporal Milton Ewen of the First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  [ » ]

“Confederates in the Attic” – Book Review Gary Van Kauwenbergh

“Confederates in the Attic”, by Tony Horwitz, published by Random House, Inc. Book Review by Gary Van Kauwenbergh If you want to take a break from reading history, but still want to read about the Civil War, this book is a hoot. This book does have a smattering of history [ » ]

“If This is War” – Book Notes Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Notes from “If This Is War” Gary Van Kauwenbergh I recently reread Alan Gaff’s book, “If This Is War”, and thought I’d share the notes I made on some items I thought were interesting. When reading the notes, bear in mind this book only covers the period of time when [ » ]

Underground RR in Milton, WI Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Click here to watch a short video on the Underground Railway station located in Milton, WI. There’s a city park across the street is where every year Company K of the Second Wisconsin Infantry Assn, Inc., hosts a School Day event where over a thousand students can visit 25-30 stations [ » ]

Rebs “dug-in” in Madison, WI Gary Van Kauwenbergh

“Dug-in” is a bit of a tease, but there are actually 140 rebel soldiers buried in the “Confederate Rest” section of Forrest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.  It is the northern-most Confederate cemetery in the United States. Union forces captured 1156 Confederate enlisted men when they seized Island Number 10 [ » ]

Rebel Spy Belle Boyd in WI Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The famous (infamous?) Rebel spy Belle Boyd is buried in Wisconsin, just outside of what was then Killborne, but is now known as Wisconsin Dells. I’ve visited the grave site three times, and each time there have been fresh flags or flowers.  Pictured are grandchildren Ben and Leah Van Kauwenbergh. Belle [ » ]

Belted Roundball Gary Van Kauwenbergh

I recently found something very interesting related to the Civil War. I was working on material excavated on a farmstead just East of Springfield and looking at some ball found on the site. One looked unusual but I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was but after I [ » ]

2d Wisconsin Gray Uniforms Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The Grey Uniforms of the 2d Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Gary Van Kauwenbergh Have you ever been asked what the gray uniforms worn by the 2d Wisconsin looked like?  The answer to that question depends on which gray uniform you’re talking about.  Some soldiers in the 2d Wisconsin could have worn [ » ]