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Soldiers Grove in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Soldiers Grove Origin

 
 
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Photographed 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers
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Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Black Hawk War, the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
 
Location. 43° 23.726′ N, 90° 46.471′ W. Marker is in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Highway C) and Mill Street (State Highway 131) on Main Street. Marker is at Soldiers Grove Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soldiers Grove WI 54655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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˝ miles away); Cliff Swallows (approx. 6˝ miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 6˝ miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 9.4 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 9˝ miles away); Jeremiah McLain Rusk (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. "Soldiers Grove was first settled
Soldiers Grove Origin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Soldiers Grove Origin Marker
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.) 

2. Soldiers Grove Wisconsin. (Submitted on June 8, 2010.)
 
Soldiers Grove Origin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Soldiers Grove Origin Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,561 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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