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Rally 'Round the FlagEvansville in the Civil War

Rally 'Round the Flag

May 16-17, 2014

When President Lincoln issued his call for volunteer troops on April 15, 1861, Wisconsin responded enthusiastically.  On April 19, 1861, a mass patriotic rally was held in Evansville to show support for the national government, to raise a company of volunteer soldiers, and to organize relief efforts for the soldiers and their families.  Ten young men from Evansville volunteered for service in Company H of the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the war.  All ten became casualties, and two of their number are the only known Civil War soldiers from Evansville to have been killed in action.
 
Evansville’s Maple Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 140 veterans of the American Civil War.  These men served in volunteer infantry, cavalry or artillery units from 9 different states, as well as in the regular U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.  Some of the most famous units in the Union Army are represented by Maple Hill’s veterans, including the Iron Brigade, Berdan’s Sharpshooters, the 1st Minnesota Infantry, and the 1st Brigade Band.
 
Evansville is commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.  The Rally 'Round the Flag (May 16-17, 2014) is a home front reenactment.  Events will include student assemblies; lectures; demonstrations of recruitment activities, army camp life and training; period musical performances; monument rededication, a parade; the reenactment of a patriotic meeting of citizens; a Victorian Tea; and a “talking spirits” presentation at the cemetery.

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608-882-2266 ph • Evansville City Hall• PO Box 76 • 31 S. Madison St. • Evansville, WI 53536