On this day: November 27

1857 - Abby Louise Smith Tallmadge Died

On this date Abby Louise Smith Tallmadge died in Empire, Fond du Lac County. She was born between 1803 and 1804 in Lithgow, Duchess County, New York. She married Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge on November 27, 1822 in Lithgow, New York. Abby Tallmadge gave birth to nine children, all of whom were born in New York. Nathaniel Tallmadge was appointed Territorial Governor of Wisconsin in September, 1844 and served until May, 1845. The Tallmadges made their home in Empire, Fond du Lac. Abby Louise Smith Tallmadge died at the age of 53. She is buried in Rienzi Cemetery in Fond du Lac. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin - The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.17]

1863 - (Civil War) Battle of Mine Run Unfolds in Virginia

The seven-day series of engagements known as the Battle of Mine Run in northern Virginia pitted 81,000 Union troops against 48,000 Confederates. The 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters G Company were involved. Although the two sides skirmished repeatedly, neither could claim victory. This was the last battle in the Eastern Theater before winter set in.

1882 - Ringling Brothers' First Performance

On this date the Ringling brothers of Baraboo, Wisconsin performed their first show to an audience in Mazomanie. The brothers called their show the "Ringling Brothers Classic Comic Concert Company." The show was barely a success, bringing in 59 paid admissions - just enough money to meet their hotel expenses. However, the brothers continued to tour and raised over $300 in three months, performing in Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas. After extensive investment and practice, the brothers launched their first circus in Baraboo on May 19, 1884. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Holmes, p.476-492]

1903 - Green Bay Packer Johnny Blood Born

On this date Johnny Blood (aka John McNally) was born in New Richmond. Blood was an early NFL halfback playing for Green Bay from 1929 to 1933 and 1935 to 1936. He also played for the Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. An elusive runner and gifted pass receiver, he played a major role in the Packers' drive to the first three championships in 1929, 1930 and 1931. Johnny Blood died on November 28, 1985, at the age of 82. Titletown Brewing Co. in Green Bay named their brew Johnny "Blood" Red Ale after the famed halfback. [Source: Packers.com]
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