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100 years of honoring vets' service and sacrifice
A 1913 photo shows the crowd that gathered at the statues dedication. (Green County Historical Society photo)
For seven miserable months -from September 1864 to April 1865 -t he Green County men of Company H, 38th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment endured daily Confederate sniper fire and artillery bombardment while mired in the cold, muddy trenches surrounding Petersburg, Virginia. As the April sun dried rutted roads, the massive Army of the Potomac, of which Company H was a small part, was poised at last to end the war. Every soldier knew that the fall of Petersburg would mean the loss of Richmond, the Confederate capitol, and with it, the long-awaited conclusion to four years of relentless bloodletting.