We’ve a forty-percent chance of scattered showers today, with a high of eighty-three.
It’s the 151st anniversary of Claude Debussy‘s birth, and Google’s created a musical doodle for the occasion:
On this day in 1861, a future governor of Wisconsin heads into action during the Civil War:
1861 – (Civil War) Future Gov. Lucius Fairchild departs for the front
The Daily Milwaukee Press reported on this day that Company K of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry presented their Captain, Lucius Fairchild, with a ceremonial sword and sash at Camp Scott in Milwaukee. Fairchild was to leave that same afternoon for Washington, D.C., and begin his new appointment as lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry.
Fairchild had a distinguished military career before later serving three terms as governor:
General Fairchild, as a Private in 1858, enlisted in a Wisconsin volunteer militia known as the “governor’s guard”. Under his guidance the militia was titled Company K, 1st Wisconsin volunteers and by 1861, was serving in the Civil War at Falling Waters against the “Stonewall Brigade” of General Thomas J. Jackson. In August 1861, Fairchild was appointed Captain of the 16th US Regulars as well as Major of the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The 2nd Wisconsin served in the brigade commanded by General William T. Sherman until the general reorganization of the Union army following the First Battle of Bull Run. Electing to stay with the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, Fairchild was soon commissioned Lieutenant Colonel and, with his regiment now a part of the famed Iron Brigade within the Army of the Potomac, participated in the Second Battle of Bull Run. One week thereafter, on September 8, 1862, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry. On February 27, 1863, the Iron Brigade, now under the command of Brig. Gen. Solomon Meredith, was redesignated the “1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps”. This gave Fairchild the distinction of being the ranking officer among all commissioned officers within the I Corp of the Army of the Potomac during the Spring and Summer of 1863.
Fairchild and the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry distinguished themselves at the Battle of Antietam, then at Seminary Ridge during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, being the first infantry regiment to make close contact with the Confederate Army. During the engagement, at approximately 10:00, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry delivered a striking blow by capturing very first Confederate General Officer of the war, Brig. Gen. James J. Archer. Almost immediately after this success, the regiment was ambushed by an attack on their right flank, losing seventy-seven percent of their ranks, including most officers. Fairchild was shot in the upper arm, captured, tended to, and released. While recovering from his amputated left arm, Fairchild was commissioned as brigadier general [by] President Abraham Lincoln on October 19, 1863.
Puzzability‘s current series is entitled, Silent Partners:
“Can we get a little piece and quiet around here? For each day this week, we started with a word and added the letters SH to the beginning to get a new word. The two-word answer phrase, described by each day’s clue, is the shorter word followed by the SH word.”
Hands out portions of green onions
What to Submit:
Submit the phrase, with the SH word second (as “Allots shallots” in the example), for your answer.
Thursday, August 22:
Enthusiastic about the main faith of Japan