Civil War 150 Exhibits

Wisconsin Joins the Civil WarThe Last Full Measure:  Wisconsin in the Civil War, 1863 – 1865

Major funding for this exhibit provided by John E. Wall Family and Demco, Inc., as well as the Donald & Roxanne Weber Family and Logistics Health, Inc.

On Display: July 12, 2013 until April 19, 2015

The Last Full Measure focuses on Wisconsin’s role in the last two years (1863-65) of the Civil War.  Quoted from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, 1863, “It is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…”  New policies aimed at winning the war quickly included the arming of African American troops and the suspension of the prisoner exchange system.  A policy of total war in which little distinction was made between civilian and military assets became standard.  Northern resolve to give its last
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, coupled with industrial and manpower advantages, simply overpowered an increasingly diminished Southern rebellion.  By the time the war ended, Wisconsin’s Union veterans had helped crush secession, eliminate slavery, and usher in a new national concept of equality.

Watch Curator's Diary with Kevin Hampton to get a behind-the-scenes look of the new exhibit.

Click here to view the virtual exhibit of The Last Full Measure.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.