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Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Koshkonong

 
 
Fort Koshkonong Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
1. Fort Koshkonong Marker
Inscription. "Whilst lying here we have thrown up a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accomodation of the sick," wrote General Henry Atkinson of this spot in his army report to General Winfield Scott on July 17, 1832.

Atkinson with more than 4000 frontier soldiers had followed Black Hawk up the Rock River in an attempt to end the Black Hawk War. After an unproductive sortie east up Bark River, Atkinson returned and built Fort Koshkonong, later known as Fort Atkinson.

The fort, constructed of oak logs eight feet tall, was abandoned when the army pursued and defeated Black Hawk at the Battle of Bad Axe in August 1832. Thus ended the Sauk's last hard fight against continued encroachment of white men onto their tribal lands.

In September of 1836, Dwight Foster arrived and erected the first cabin in what is now Fort Atkinson on this site. He and other settlers used logs from the stockade to build cabins, river rafts and for firewood. By 1840 little of the fort remained.
 
Erected 1966. (Marker Number 152.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 55.604′ N, 88° 49.894′ 
Placement of Fort Koshkonong Markers image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
2. Placement of Fort Koshkonong Markers
W. Marker is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Milwaukee Avenue East, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 block of Milwaukee Avenue East, Fort Atkinson WI 53538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panther Intaglio (approx. 1.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors (approx. 1.8 miles away); Black Hawk War Encampment (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lorine Niedecker (approx. 4.9 miles away); Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds (approx. 5.3 miles away); Whitewater Historical Society Depot Museum (approx. 8.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Veterans (approx. 8.4 miles away); Zion Church (approx. 8.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Atkinson.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Related Fort Koshkonong Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
3. Related Fort Koshkonong Marker
A nearby marker placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution
Rear of Related Fort Koshkonong Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
4. Rear of Related Fort Koshkonong Marker
Carving on back of stone holding related marker; note apparent cannon ball next to stone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,294 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on June 11, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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