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

Lincoln in Wisconsin

The Commander in Chief and Camp Randall

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By Devon Polzar, 2019
1. Lincoln in Wisconsin Marker
Inscription.  As Commander in Chief, Abraham Lincoln was largely responsible for the successful outcome of the Civil War (1861-1865), presiding over an army of unprecedented size - 2.3 million men. About 91,000 of these soldiers were Wisconsin men, organized into 53 infantry regiments, four cavalry regiments, 12 light artillery batteries, and one heavy artillery regiment.

Camp Randall in Madison was Wisconsin's largest and most active staging point during the war. About 70,000 of the state's soldiers trained at the site. The State Agricultural Society owned the grounds, but with the outbreak of the war the state rapidly converted the site into a military camp named after Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall. Exhibition halls became barracks and hospitals, and new buildings were quickly constructed. In 1862 Camp Randall began to house Confederate prisoners as well. After the war, Camp Randall again became the state's fairgrounds until the Legislature purchased the land in 1893 and turned it over to the University of Wisconsin.

Lincoln's domestic policies also had their effect on the campus area. The most important direct effect was the
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By Devon Polzar, 2019
2. Lincoln in Wisconsin Marker
Morrill Land Grant College Act, signed July 2, 1862. This provided federal funds to establish colleges that would teach agricultural and mechanical sciences.
Erected by Wisconsin Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and supported by the Madison Community Foundation. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 43° 4.265′ N, 89° 24.569′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from N. Randall Ave.. The marker is located within Camp Randall Memorial Park. The marker is just past the memorial arch at the west end of W. Dayton St. The park is along N. Randall Ave. and Monroe St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire Station #4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Randall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Nurses Dormitory (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Chemical Synthesis of a Gene (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barry Alvarez (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pat Richter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Controlling Blood Clotting (approx. 0.2 miles away); Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Additional keywords. The Lincoln Heritage
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By Devon Polzar, 2019
3. Camp Randall Memorial Arch

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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