The Light Guard Recruits! A Civil War Experience at Hixon House

Jun 15, 2024

10:00 am - 02:00 pm

429 7th St N.
La Crosse, 54601

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(608) 782-1980

In the Spring of 1861, at President Lincoln’s first call for 75,000 volunteers, Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall ordered “the formation of companies of able bodied men …to stand ready at short notice”. The La Crosse Light Guard proceeded to recruit 25 additional volunteers to increase their number to 80 men and by order, reported to Madison, May 1, 1861. With additional recruits, 107 officers and men departed for Washington on June 20, 1861 as Company B, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, pledged to serve for “Three years or during the war.”

Come join Company B, 2nd Wisconsin Civil War re-enactors on Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, as they engage in a number of Civil War exercises, demonstrate the life of a soldier of the period, and explain the regimental flags of 2nd Wisconsin. This “living history” program at Hixon House is an opportunity to interact with historians who have studied the Civil War, its battles, culture, and impact upon 1860s American society, La Crosse in particular. There will be a brief presentation on the La Crosse Light Guard at 1:00, and numerous activities specifically for children.

In addition, LCHS volunteers will be demonstrating women’s fashions of the period, staffing a mid-1800s children’s craft table, and offering special photo booth and dress-up activities. Lemonade and cookies will be on sale as a fundraiser for the gardens at Hixon House. There will be docents on the first floor of the house to provide complimentary tours to visitors, and C.C. Washburn’s field desk and Wilson Colwell’s sword will be on display. Ellen and Gideon Hixon may even make an appearance!

This event is free and open to the public. Goodwill contributions gladly accepted!