Viroqua in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Jeremiah McLain Rusk
Born June 17, 1830.
Died November 21, 1893.
Entered U.S. Vol. Army July, 1862,
as Major of 25th. Wisc. Infantry.
Brevetted Col. and Brigadier General
of U.S. Vol's March, 1865. "For Gallant
and meritorious service during the
war and For conspicuous gallantry at
the battle of Salkehatchie, S.C."
Bank Comptroller of Wisconsin,
1866 — 1870.
Member of 42nd. 43d. & 44th. Congresses.
Governor of Wisconsin 1882 – 1889.
U. S. Secretary of Agriculture,
1889 — 1893.
"Upright and Loyal."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
Location. 43° 33.064′ N, 90° 52.939′ W. Marker is in Viroqua, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Southeast Avenue and Hickory Street. Marker is in Viroqua Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Viroqua WI 54665, 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. Viroqua's First Settler (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lucy Stone (approx. 0.7 miles away); Governor Rusk (approx. 1.6 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 4.9 miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 11 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 11 miles away); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Viroqua.
Also see . . . "Uncle Jerry": Life of general Jeremiah M. Rusk. "Early in 1895 Alex. Lowrie Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Viroqua, asked permission of the family to dedicate with appropriate ceremonies the monument erected on the family lot to the memory of General Rusk. This permission was granted, and upon invitation Senator Spooner promised to make the dedicatory speech.
The monument is of the obelisk order, made of Vermont granite, and its entire height is thirty-three feet, the shaft being twenty-six feet and the base and die seven feet. On the heavy base is the family name, "Rusk," in raised letters, and on the die block there is cut on the east or front side a brief synopsis..." (Submitted on July 6, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.