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1832 - Fort Koshkonong Construction Begins

This Day in Wisconsin History

On this date General Henry Atkinson and his troops built Fort Koshkonong after being forced backwards from the bog area of the "trembling lands" in their pursuit of Black Hawk. The Fort, later known as Fort Atkinson, was described by Atkinson as "a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accommodation of the sick." It was also on this date that Atkinson discharged a large number of Volunteers from his army in order to decrease stress on a dwindling food supply and to make his force less cumbersome. One of the dismissed volunteers was future president, Abraham Lincoln, whose horse was stolen in Cold Spring, Wisconsin, and was forced to return to New Salem, Illinois by foot and canoe. [Sources: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride and Along the Black Hawk Trail by Willilam F. Stark]
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