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eneral Jeremia Rusk


Basic Facts

Date of Birth: June 17, 1830

Place of Birth: Ohio




Family: Was married at 19



Brief history prior to Civil War:

Settled in Wisconsin in 1853 in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Was Governor for 7 years from 1875 to 1882 .

Was Sheriff in 1885.


Brief history during the Civil War:

Made major of the 25th Wisconsin, then made Col.

Was made Brevet Brig General for bravery at Salkehatchie - Rusk was surrounded and cut off. His sword was taken away. He then used his pistol very effectively and escaped with a leg wound trying to get back. He shot another confederate holding him at bayonet point.


Brief history after the Civil War: