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Father of Wisconsin

June 18, 2017

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Charles Michel De Langlade. defender of the woodland empire of New France. He was part French, part Ottowa and the greatest military leader of his generation. In the painting, he is pictured standing on the far left, his hand raised, leading Wisconsin Indians (mostly Menominee riflemen) in the crushing defeat of a large British/Colonial American column under the command of General Edward Braddock near Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War. Among the defeated that day and pictured in the blue coat beside the wounded General Braddock is Colonel George Washington. The father of our nation was easily bested by the father of Wisconsin. The battle and the moment was also recreated in the 1992 film LAST OF THE MOHICANS.  Langlade, a veteran of over 90 battles, would later support the British during the American Revolution. He died a wealthy fur trader in La Baye (Green Bay) in 1801. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Allouez Catholic Cemetery. His red coat from the Revolutionary War era is at the Neville Museum in Green Bay.  "Braddock's Defeat" by Edward Willard Demming is hanging at the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison. A biography, Bravest of the Brave, was written by Publius V Lawson - a Wisconsinologist of over a century ago.