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Wisconsin Governor Louis P. Harvey drowns in the Tennessee River while visiting Wisconsin troops

Louis Powell Harvey, detail
04/19/1862
Governor for only a few months, Louis P. Powell was leading a group of prominent citizens bringing medical supplies to Wisconsin troops wounded at Shiloh.  Transferring steamboats on a dark and wet night near Savannah, Tennessee, he fell into the Tennessee River and was swept away in the current.  His body was not found until ten days later, sixty miles downsteam, and was buried as an unknown.  It was recovered in early May, 1862 and buried with military honors in Madison.  He was 41 years old and was succeeded by Edward Salomon.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Edwin Bentley Quiner, The Military History of Wisconsin ... (Chicago, IL: Clarke and Co., 1866), 118-120. 

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