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On This Day: April 26

1824 - Lawmaker & Colonel Bertine Pinckney born

Colonel Bertine Pinckney was born in New York City, April 26, 1824. In 1847 he removed to the village of Rosendale, Fond du Lac Co. He became active in Whig Party politics and served one term in the Assembly and two terms in the Senate. He also was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the first ticket put in nomination by the Republican Party, in 1853. In 1861 he enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Infantry and was appointed Major of that regiment. After fighting in the Shenandoah campaign he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in the summer of 1862, was commisioned Colonel of the Twentieth Wisconsin Volunteers. His appointment was praised in the press, but soon thereafter he was afflicted with a stroke and on December 6, 1862, he resigned his commission and returned to Wisconsin. After the war he moved to Kansas.

1865 - (Civil War) 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery musters out

The 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery mustered out. It had fought in the battles of Stones River, Resaca, Jonesboro, and Bentonville, the sieges of Corinth and Nashville, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman's March to the Sea. In three years the battery lost only 28 men, three killed in combat and 25 from disease.