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Related Web Sites:
Camp Randall in the Civil War

Civil War Regimental Histories

Camp Randall: Wisconsin and the Civil War


Read More About It

"Soldiers When They Go: The Story of Camp Randall" by Carolyn Mattern

"The Second Wisconsin Infantry" by George Otis

"Wisconsin in the Civil War" by Robert Wells

"Wisconsin in the Civil War" by Frank L. Klement


Vocabulary:

regiment
preparations
appointed


Interesting Fact:

One of the great Union commanders, William Tecumseh Sherman, was not impressed with Coon as a military man, stating, Coon "knew no more of the military art than a child."


Study Questions:

  • In what Civil War battles did the Second Wisconsin participate?
  • What was Coon's experiences in the Civil War?
  • What is the history of Camp Randall? When was football first played there?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin in the Civil War:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 19:

    1910: Father's Day was celebrated for the first time.
    1953: Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed.



  • June 19

    June 19, 1861: The Second Wisconsin regiment made preparations to leave for Washington, D.C. The regiment was commanded by Col. S. Park Coon who was appointed by Gov. Alexander Randall in April. Coon returned the favor by naming the army camp on the western edge of Madison "Camp Randall."


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