“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Soldiers Grove in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Soldiers Grove Origin

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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Soldiers Grove Origin Marker
Inscription. In late July, during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Sac Indian leader Black Hawk led his starving followers through this area in their escape from the General Henry Atkinson and his military forces. After Black Hawk's brilliant delaying tactics at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights, he fled with his band towards the Mississippi River. On August 1st, in their pursuit of Black Hawk, about 1,300 United States army and militia, including notable future leaders, Col. Zachary Taylor, Col. Henry Dodge and Albert Sidney Johnson, encamped in this vicinity, known then as Pine Grove Village. Weary from their trek through the rugged terrain of western Wisconsin, the soldiers rested; their exhausted and hungry horses, who were unable to find food for days in the jagged terrain, foraged in the grass here. Because this military encampment became widely known throughout the territory, Pine Grove Village was renamed Soldiers Grove.
Erected 1998 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 405.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 23.726′ N, 90° 46.471′ W. Marker is in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is at the
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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Soldiers Grove Origin Marker
intersection of Main Street (County Highway C) and Mill Street (State Highway 131) on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at Soldiers Grove Park. Marker is in this post office area: Soldiers Grove WI 54655, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Davidson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 5 miles away); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 6.5 miles away); Cliff Swallows (approx. 6.5 miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 6.5 miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 9.4 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 9.5 miles away); Jeremiah McLain Rusk (approx. 12 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Soldiers Grove Village History. (Submitted on June 7, 2010.)
2. Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. "Soldiers Grove was first settled in 1856 by Joseph H. Brightman, who began a sawmill at the site to process logs rafted down the Kickapoo River. The village which sprang up near the sawmill was initially named "Pine Grove" because of the abundance of Eastern White Pine in the vicinity." (Submitted on June 7, 2010.) 

3. Soldiers Grove Wisconsin. (Submitted on June 8, 2010.)
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
Soldiers Grove Origin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Soldiers Grove Origin Marker
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