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New plaque at Onalaska Cemetery honors veterans of Civil War who are buried there



Onalaska’s city cemetery now has a new monument to veterans of a long-ago war.

Local residents and members of the American Legion worked together to commission a plaque that has the names of 58 Civil War veterans buried at the cemetery along Main Street in Onalaska.

Bob Muth unveils the Civil War memorial at Onalaska Cemetery on Thursday

During a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Legion member Bob Muth said he wasn’t aware of any Civil War vets being in the Onalaska cemetery until hearing about research done by local historians Lois Riniker and Barb Rouse.

The project also included physical work to clean up the gravestones of those veterans of the Civil War, most of which have been at the cemetery for a century or more.

The plaque honoring the Onalaska veterans is installed on a wall of a shelter area inside the cemetery.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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