Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Sinking of the Lady Elgin
Aboard the ship were more than 500 Union Guards supporters, mostly from the city’s Irish Third Ward, including city officials, members of two German militia units, and the Milwaukee City Band. In the early morning hours the ship was struck amidships by an unlit, overloaded lumber schooner, the Augusta. At least 300 lives were lost, decimating the Irish Third Ward community.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
Location. 43° 1.903′ N, 87° 54.565′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Water Street and East Erie Street, on the right when traveling north on North Water Street. Located on the southeast corner of North Water and East Erie Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pabst Brewing Company Saloon & Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee Fire Department Engine House #15 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bradley & Metcalf Shoe Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Young Saddlery Company Addition (within shouting distance of this marker); Keenan Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cawker Building (about 400 feet away); Friend & Marks Co., Clothiers (about 400 feet away); Monarch Manufacturing Co., Clothiers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
Also see . . . The Wreck of the Steamer Lady Elgin. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on August 21, 2012, by Melinda Roberts of De Pere, United States. 3. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 4. submitted on November 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.