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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Nelson, Gaylord
Foreword,   pp. [iii]-iv PDF (356.3 KB)

Page [iii]

T HE CURRENT EDITION of the Wisconsin Blue Book
    is published in the midst of the centennial commemora-
tion of the Civil War, which tested the unity of our nation.
Wisconsin can be justly proud of its part as a very young
state in that great conflict. Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chicamauga,
and Gettysburg are but a few of the many battles in which
Wisconsin's sons distinguished themselves.
  It is fitting that a painting of "Old Abe" should be used as
the frontispiece of this volume. This eagle is one of the great
symbols to come out of the Civil War. It spurred on our
troops during the years of conflict. It helped our men to
establish an identity and to develop a pride which carried them
through adversity.
  While this edition of the Blue Book recognizes the Civil
War and Wisconsin's contribution to it, the military establish-
ment of this state has served with valor in every conflict in
which this nation has engaged; and our state's civilian popu-
lation, despite strong ties to people of our adversary nations,
has rallied to the cause with a vigor which is truly American.
  To enter battle in the defense of one's country is the great
test of loyalty. To accept the rigors of military training, the
hardships of the battle zone, and the exposure to danger and
death are true measurements of the depth of one's allegiance.
  It is time, past time, that we rally to the protection of our
basic democratic institutions in periods of peace as well as in
time of war. It is time that we exert ourselves to understand
our public problems and to participate in their solution. It is

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