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Milton in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Storrs Lake Milton

 
 
Storrs Lake Milton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
1. Storrs Lake Milton Marker
Inscription.  On July 1, 1832, here beside Storrs Lake, Brigadier General Henry Atkinson and 4,500 soldiers camped overnight in their pursuit of Black Hawk, Sac Indian chief, who was fleeing northward up the east side of Rock River with 400 warriors and 1200 women and children.

In a diary dated July 1, 1832, Lt. Albert Sidney Johnston wrote: "After marching 23 miles (from Turtle Village) this day, we camped by a small lake, and had to drink the water, which was very bad, but it was all that could be found. Here General Atkinson had, on this night, breastworks thrown up, which was easily done, as we encamped in thick timber.... (July 2) This morning the army proceeded almost directly north towards Lake Coshkonong."

Among Captain Early's mounted scouts was the 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln, finishing his third 30-day enlistment. General Atkinson's Army of the Frontier had entered Wisconsin at Turtle Village (Beloit) where it camped on June 30. It then moved north through the Prairie Road area to this lake east of Milton. On July 2, the army moved north again and camped on Otter Creek about two miles east of Lake Koshkonong, before entering
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Jefferson county. At Cold Spring, on July 10, Lincoln was mustered out, his horse was stolen, and he returned by foot and canoe to New Salem, Illinois.
 
Erected 1976 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 229.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1975.
 
Location. 42° 46.6′ N, 88° 56.171′ W. Marker is in Milton, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker is at the intersection of Storrs Lake Road and South Janesville Street (Wisconsin Highway 26 / 59), on the left when traveling east on Storrs Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 South Janesville Street, Milton WI 53563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milton House (within shouting distance of this marker); Milton College 1844–1982 / Milton College Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Rock River Industry (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds (approx. 7 miles away); Wisconsin's Tobacco Land (approx. 7˝ miles away); James E. Croft
Storrs Lake Milton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William J. Toman, September 25, 2010
2. Storrs Lake Milton Marker
Closeup of map on marker.
(approx. 7.6 miles away); First State Fair (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Black Hawk War / Black Hawk's Grove (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Storrs Lake Milton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
3. Storrs Lake Milton Marker
Storrs Lake Milton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
4. Storrs Lake Milton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,737 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 25, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on September 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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