A Brief History of the First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

by Patrick McSherry
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The First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry served out its term of service within the continental United States. The unit did not see action during the war.

Unit History:

The First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service on May 14, 1898 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time of mustering in, the unit consisted of fifty officers and 976 enlisted men.

The regiment served in the Second Brigade, Second Division of Fitzhugh Lee's Seventh Army Corps, and was stationed at Jacksonville, Florida's Camp Cuba Libre. The members of the 7th Corps were being trained for an intended assault on Havana, Cuba, which never materialized. An armistice ended the fighting on August 12, 1898, though the war would officially continue until the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898.

The unit was mustered out of service on October 19, 1898 in Wisconsin. At the time of mustering out, the unit consisted of forty-nine officers and 1,224 enlisted men. During the First Wisconsin's term of service, the unit lost forty enlisted men who died of disease, and had one man discharged on disability.


Clerk of Joint Comittee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899). Vol. 3, 218.

Cosmas, Graham A., An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War. (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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