“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Marshall County, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Marshall County, South Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Marshall County, SD (30) Brown County, SD (43) Day County, SD (15) Roberts County, SD (12) Richland County, ND (1) Sargent County, ND (0)  MarshallCounty(30) Marshall County (30)  BrownCounty(43) Brown County (43)  DayCounty(15) Day County (15)  RobertsCounty(12) Roberts County (12)  RichlandCountyNorth Dakota(1) Richland County (1)  SargentCounty(0) Sargent County (0)
Adjacent to Marshall County, South Dakota
    Brown County (43)
    Day County (15)
    Roberts County (12)
    Richland County, North Dakota (1)
    Sargent County, North Dakota (0)
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1South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Adjutant's Office — Constructed 1869
"Sat. Nov. 25, 1865. Ft. Wadsworth. Arrived at 3 p.m. Received my pay, paid my debts and have $20 left." As the assistant to the commanding officer, the adjutant kept track of the men who were on furlough, in the hospital or on field . . . Map (db m162309) HM
2South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Andrew Jackson Fisk Historic Trail
Wed. Oct. 25, 1865. Our company is ordered to Fort Wadsworth-- bad luck to them! Men feel badly about being ordered to Wadsworth--it seems as though it was going out of the world again. But it is a soldier's duty to obey orders. Andrew . . . Map (db m101242) HM
3South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Andrew Jackson Fisk Historic Trail
Wed. Oct. 25, 1865. Our company is ordered to Fort Wadsworth-- bad luck to them! Men feel badly about being ordered to Wadsworth--it seems as though it was going out of the world again. But it is a soldier's duty to obey . . . Map (db m162131) HM
4South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Blockhouse and Breastworks — Beginning Construction 1864
"Wed. Oct 22, 1865. Fifteen men armed two stockades." Fort Wadsworth (Fort Sisseton) was surrounded on three sides by water and situated on a hill. These were the fort's natural defenses. Structural defense systems consisted of blockhouses . . . Map (db m162305) WM
5South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Commanding Officer's Quarters — Constructed 1865-1867
Thurs. Dec. 7, 1865. Major Rose called all the companies together today, gave them a talking to and much good advice. There has been quite a spirit of unrest among the men. The men were anxious to return to civil life. This structure was . . . Map (db m162304) HM
6South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Doctor's Residence — Constructed in 1881
One of the doctor's duties was to record mammal sightings. In 1869, elk, buffalo, antelope, grey wolf, and black bear were recorded. The antelope is the only animal still sighted in this region. Due to dwindling numbers, an order was . . . Map (db m101238) HM
7South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Guard House — Constructed in 1865
Memorandum: Dick Wilson enlisted in our squad from S. Paul in October 1863. He was a very bad case. His home has been the guard house ever since he enlisted. He broke out and deserted the 13th of February. He was caught and brought back. Again he . . . Map (db m101229) HM
8South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Hospital — Constructed in 1887
Sun. Nov. 26, 1865. Doc and Sep up all night gambling. Blowers and Peterson each made $25 tonight playing "Honest-John." During the Roaring Twenties, the Fort was leased for use as a hunting lodge. The hospital became the club room and . . . Map (db m162132) HM
9South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Hospital — Constructed in 1887
Fri. Nov. 17. Doc and Tom Holdship arrived from St. Paul via Ridgely. Doc looks well. Holdship has immense whiskers. Drew up a list of clothing needed by men." Dampness from living in the barracks, harsh weather conditions and illness is . . . Map (db m162299) WM
10South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Library — Constructed in 1881
Wed. Jan. 3, 1886. We are mighty anxious to get mail. Nothing will make soldiers homesick so quick as not receiving letters from families or friends. Filling the countless hours proved to be a soldier's greatest challenge. According to one . . . Map (db m162136) HM
11South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Library-Schoolhouse — Constructed 1881
"Tues. Jan 2. [1886] Finished reading a good novel titled 'Love Test.' It's a splendid story. C.O. Frenchies' writing school is in full blast tonight in the kitchen. About 40 of the boys are attending. It is a good thing-makes the evening passed . . . Map (db m162296) HM
12South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Magazine — Constructed 1867
Mon. Dec. 4, 1865. Captain took all the ammunition over to the magazine and read the army regulations to the men. The U.S. Springfield and the British-made Enfield were the two basic firearms of the Civil War period. Both muzzleloaders . . . Map (db m162310) HM
13South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — North Barracks — Constructed in 1864
Sun. Nov. 12, 1865. The fort has greatly improved since we were here a year ago. Stone quarters nearly completed for us to go into. Living conditions at the Fort were crude. Wood bunks were furnished with wool blankets and mattresses . . . Map (db m101233) HM
14South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Officers' Quarters — Constructed in 1867
"Thursday, Jan. 18. Lt. Briley has taken command of the company. He has been relieved from duty at inspection-except at his post. He was over to Roll Call this morning but nobody was up-when Sgt. Knight politely told him that we hadn't had any . . . Map (db m162308) HM
15South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Quartermaster and Commissary Building
The log building had a shingled roof and was 145' long and 24' wide. A storage cellar sat under on-third of the building. While large, the building was not well constructed. Rain and snow blew through the roof and damaged supplies. When . . . Map (db m162138) HM
16South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — South Barracks — Constructed in 1864
Tues. Nov. 14, 1865. Took the best bath I could and put on clean clothes, first time in nearly three weeks. We indulged in a stag dance this evening. Soldiers spent much of their off duty time playing chess, checkers and card games. . . . Map (db m101231) HM
17South Dakota (Marshall County), Eden — Stable — Constructed 1865
“Tues. Dec. 12, 1865. Very cold-very. My pony broke through the ice while I was watering him and he nearly perished with cold before I could get him back to the stable.” During the winter of 1864, there was an urgent need to . . . Map (db m162140) HM
18South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Bulldozing the Landscape
About, 20,000 years ago, a series of glaciers scoured and scraped their way across South Dakota, creating in their wake the Coteau des Prairies. As the glaciers retreated, they left a deposit known as glacial moraine - consisting of soil and rocky . . . Map (db m101726) HM
19South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Fort Sisseton
Rebuilt by State of South Dakota and Works Progress Administration WPA Project Number 3384 Nineteen Thirty Nine Centennial Time Capsule In Cement Block, beneath this Marker Placed July 35, 1984 - To be opened at Bicentennial . . . Map (db m91620) HM
20South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Fort Sisseton Military Reservation, Dakota Territory
In February 1871, President Grant approved an 82,000 acre parcel of land measuring nine miles by fifteen miles as the Fort Sisseton Military Reservation. The land was set aside for use by the military for training exercises and hay ground for . . . Map (db m101225) HM
21South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Fort Wadsworth 1864 — Fort Sisseton 1876
Major John Clowney, 30th Wisconsin Infantry with Cos. B. E. G. and K, Captains Burton, Devlin, Swain & Klatt, started the fort on 1 August 1864, pursuant to orders of General John Pope, Department Commander. They were mostly from the north woods and . . . Map (db m91618) HM
22South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Governor William J. Janklow and Fort Sisseton
In 1996, with Executive Order 96-06, South Dakota Governor William J. "Bill" Janklow created the Governor's Commission on Fort Sisseton. His action ensured that input from dedicated local individuals, with a knowledge of history and a passion . . . Map (db m103085) HM
23South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Marshall County South Dakota — You Are Entering
The last county organized east of the Missouri, on May 2, 1885; it had been in Sheyenne County 1862; a gigantic Hanson 1870; coincident with Stone 1873; the north half of Day 1879 and was created by the 1885 Legislature and named for Governor . . . Map (db m91617) HM
24South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Post Cemetery
The cemetery roster reveals countless hardships. Nine of the people interred in this cemetery succumbed to typhoid, and four to consumption (tuberculosis). Two each died by fever, drowning, freezing, bronchitis, pneumonia, meningitis and . . . Map (db m101226) HM
25South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Senator Curt Jones and Fort Sisseton
Curt Jones loved history for a lot of reasons. He saw history as a collection of great stories that can be told and retold. He saw history as a book of lessons to be learned. Most of all, he saw history as an experience that you can keep only if . . . Map (db m103086) HM
26South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — The Laundress Quarters
The log buildings along the south side of the fort were used as officers quarters in the early years of the fort. When the brick officers' quarters were completed the log buildings became married enlisted men's and laundress quarters. . . . Map (db m101234) HM
27South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — This Fort is for the Birds
The prairie pothole lakes region that surrounds Fort Sisseton is a haven for birds. Birds and waterfowl were found in abundance when the military arrived at Fort Sisseton. In 1868 and 1869, Fort surgeon Dr. B. Knickerbocker recorded 44 species of . . . Map (db m101243) HM
28South Dakota (Marshall County), Lake City — Wealth of Wildlife — Fort Sisseton State Park
The Coteau des Prairies and glacial lakes region was a wonderful habitat for wildlife. The post surgeon, who also served as the post naturalist, kept records of the wildlife he observed. Through his records, we learn that human interference has . . . Map (db m101727) HM
29South Dakota (Marshall County), Langford — First Presbyterian Church
Former Site of First Presbyterian Church Langford, South Dakota 1896 - 1997Map (db m101258) HM
30South Dakota (Marshall County), Veblen — Veblen, South Dakota World War I & II Veterans Memorial
In Honor of Those Who Gave Their Lives World War I & World War II Edward H. Robertson Post 76 Gordon Brubakken Godfrey Halverson Donald Hill Richard Hilliard Louis Labelle Conrad Dickinson Selmer Langager Knute Myhren . . . Map (db m123358) WM
May. 12, 2021