1865 September 16: Official Thanks to Wisconsin’s Soldiers
This proclamation by James T. Lewis, Wisconsin’s governor, thanks the volunteer soldiers of the state for their service in the War. It was published in the September 16, 1865, issue of The Polk County Press.
Official Thanks to Wisconsin Soldiers.
STATE OF WISCONSIN
BY JAMES T. LEWIS, GOVERNOR
A P R O C L A M A T I O N.
An all-wise Creator has permitted us to triumph over treason. As the smoke of battle clears away and we behold the great work which has been accomplished by the Army of the Union ; when we consider that it has stood as our bulwark in the darkest hour of the Republic, and when we remember that Wisconsin’s sons formed a part of this great army, and view the honorable and important position taken by them in it, the record they have made, our hearts swell with pride, and we feel that the gratitude and thanks of our people are due and should be tendered to the noble men who have taken part in the greatest struggle the world has ever known—a struggle involving not alone the interests of this nation, but the interests of all mankind ; a struggle every day of which was crowded with momentous events.
For the bravery which has distinguished Wisconsin soldiers in every battle in which they have been engaged ; for the patriotism displayed by them on all occasions ; for the gallantry with which they have borne the Stars and Stripes, and the noble manner in which they have sustained the State and Nation, I, James T. Lewis, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do therefore, in behalf of the State, hereby tender to all Wisconsin officers and soldiers of every grade, the heartfelt thanks and gratitude of its people. And while we remember with gratitude the living , we will not forget the heroic dead. Their heroic memories will be honored and cherished by our people. Their fame survives—they will live in the hearts of their countrymen.
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed.
( L. S. ) .Done at Madison, this 2nd day of September,
. .in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred
. .and sixty five.
JAMES T. LEWIS.
By the Governor.
LUCIUS FAIRCHILD, Secretary of State.