The National Guard was activated in Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 24, after Black Lives Matter resorted to violence overnight, including the destruction of two statues—one was of a Norwegian immigrant who died fighting for the Union against slavery.
Col. Hans Christian Heg was a Wisconsin abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War. His statue had stood in front of the Capitol since 1925. On Tuesday night is was vandalized, decapitated, and thrown into Madison’s Lake Monona, reported Breitbart.
“This is sad,” said Mayor Gunn Cecilie Ringdal from Lier, the Heg family’s native city in Norway, where another statue of Heg stands proudly in recognition of the brave colonel. It was a gift to Norwegians from Norwegian Americans.
“It makes no sense to tear down a statue of Colonel Heg. In Lier, we’re proud that he was an opponent of slavery and proud of the job he did as a colonel in the American Civil War during the 1800s,” she told VG news.
Here is a copy of The Wisconsin Historical Society description of Col. Heg:
Heg migrated to the United States from Norway as a child in 1840 and spent his youth at Muskego, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. As a young man, he went to California in the Gold Rush and stayed from 1849 to 1851. He returned to Wisconsin in 1851 following the death of his parents in order to care for his younger siblings and manage the family farm.
In the fall of 1861, a new Scandinavian regiment was recruited and Heg accepted an appointment as its colonel. The 15th Wisconsin Infantry, made up largely of recent immigrants, went into training at Camp Randall in December and left for the South on March 2, 1862.
On December 30, 1862, at the battle of Stones River, Heg’s regiment lost more than 100 men. His horse was shot out from under him and his general called him “the bravest of the brave.” In February 1863 Heg was put in command of the entire brigade and pursued retreating Confederate troops through Tennessee, briefly into Alabama, and across the state line to Chickamauga, Georgia.
On the afternoon of September 19, 1863, Heg was charging forward at the front of his troops when he was shot in the abdomen. He managed to stay in the saddle for a short time, but the loss of blood compelled him to leave the field and move to a hospital behind the lines where he died the next morning.
The National Guard was activated by Gov. Tony Evers, “to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure.”
The violence on Tuesday began after police had arrested a protester who disturbed patrons in a restaurant, as he walked around shouting through a megaphone, and carrying a baseball bat.
“The mob has become very bold,” said Madison Alderman Paul Skidmore. “They see they can get away with a little, and they inch forward more and more. [Downtown Madison] is a battle zone right now, and I fear for my city.”
Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter videoed the mob with his cellphone and was assaulted for doing so.
“Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs,” Carpenter tweeted around 4 a.m. “Innocent people are going to get killed.”
Democrats may be facing a tough battle to win Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election.