“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lyndon Station in Juneau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Iron Brigade

The Iron Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. The Iron Brigade Marker
Inscription. The Iron Brigade became one of the most celebrated units of the Civil War (1861-1865). Of its five regiments, three came from Wisconsin: the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. (The other two regiments were the Nineteenth Indiana and the Twenty-fourth Michigan.) Together, these units ranked among the most gallant and effective of the 3,559 regiments of the Union army.

The Iron Brigade earned its nickname during its first campaign at South Mountain in northern Virginia during the fall of 1862. It thereafter fought in all major campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, the Union's principal force in the eastern theater of war. The battles of Second Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania were recorded on the Iron Brigade's colors.

Iron Brigade casualties ranked among the highest of the war. The Twenty-fourth Michigan, for example, sustained casualties of 80 percent at Gettysburg, higher than any other Union regiment in the battle. The Second Wisconsin suffered the greatest percentage of loss of the entire Union army, and during the course of the war, the Seventh Wisconsin had more men killed in battle than any other Union regiment.
Erected 1992 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 312.)
Marker series.
The Iron Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. The Iron Brigade Marker
This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 45.466′ N, 89° 58.069′ W. Marker is near Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, in Juneau County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90/94 at milepost 74, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is northwest of Lyndon Station at eastbound Rest Area 9. Marker is in this post office area: Lyndon Station WI 53944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wisconsin River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sand Counties – Aldo Leopold Territory (approx. one mile away); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hop Raising (approx. 4.8 miles away); Orland S. Loomis (1893–1942) (approx. 6 miles away); Stewart's Chapel (approx. 6.6 miles away); New Lisbon Civil War Memorial (approx. 12.8 miles away); Stanton Peter Helland (approx. 12.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lyndon Station.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Iron Brigade markers further discuss the history of this famous military unit.
Also see . . .
1. Iron Brigade. "This site is dedicated to the men of the Iron Brigade. The majority of the Iron Brigade was composed of young men from Wisconsin. Three regiments from Wisconsin and one from Indiana were formed in to the best known fighting brigade in the Army of the Potomac. To offset heavy losses, a Michigan regiment was latter added to keep this brigade a uniquely "western" unit." (Submitted on December 2, 2007.) 

2. Iron Brigade. The brigade took pride in its designation, "1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps" (Submitted on December 2, 2007.) 
Additional keywords. Rufus King's Brigade; Black Hat Brigade
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,469 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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