Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Following Fort Sumter, April, 1861, volunteers marched and drilled here preparing for service in the Union Army although they were without uniforms, weapons or a flag. On June 17, 1861 ladies from the village of Manitowoc presented the company with a handmade red, white and blue silk flag. Days later the 104 man militia unit left for Camp Randall, Madison where it became Co, A, 5th Wis. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. After 3 years and 26 battles with the Army of the Potomac, only 30 men would return home.
County support for the Union cause was strong. Businessmen donated money, ladies' groups collected supplies and blankets, and relief funds for indigent soldier families were established.
The park was renamed "Union Park" to honor the 2467 men from Manitowoc County who fought in the Civil War, 1861 - 65, to preserve the Union.
Erected 1997 by the Manitowoc County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker Notable Places • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 44° 5.893′ N, 87° 39.337′ W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker can be reached from Park Street near North 6th Street. Marker is in Union Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 522 North 6th Street, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sputnik IV (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vilas - Rahr Mansion (about 800 feet away); G.W. Fechter Stationery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manitowoc Motor Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manitowoc Submarines (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Landing (approx. 0.4 miles away); O. Torrison & Co. (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S.S. Peto (SS 265) (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manitowoc.
Also see . . .
1. Facebook. The Union Park Project Photos. (Submitted on July 4, 2010.)
2. Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy. Civil War Roster. (Submitted on July 4, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.