Memorial Day message from the Adjutant General of Wisconsin

  • Published
  • By Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar
  • Wisconsin National Guard
Gov. Scott Walker, our commander in chief and a history buff, has often recalled the patriotism, devotion and sacrifice of Wisconsin residents in the early years of her statehood, when more than 90,000 volunteered to fight for the preservation of the union in the Civil War.

Wisconsin Soldiers took part in some of the most decisive campaigns of that conflict. The Iron Brigade - which included the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Regiments - distinguished itself at the Battle of Antietam 150 years ago this September. Over 23,000 soldiers lost their lives in the single bloodiest day of fighting in U.S. combat history. The Iron Brigade entered the Battle of Antietam with approximately 800 troops, and suffered 343 casualties that day in some of the heaviest fighting against Confederate forces. This is but one chapter of Wisconsin's legacy of service to our nation.

Throughout our history, Wisconsin has always responded to our nation's call. Many have paid the ultimate price. It is with somber reflection that we remember all fallen service members on Memorial Day.


Donald P. Dunbar
Major General (WI)
Wisconsin National Guard
The Adjutant General