Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Upper Mississippi Valley history

Wisconsin forts

History of Prairie du Chien


Read More About It

"Zachary Taylor: Our Twelfth President" by Carol Brunell

"Zachary Taylor, Twelfth President of the United States" by Zachary Kent

"Zachary Taylor, Soldier of the Republic" by Holman Hamilton


Vocabulary:

recapture
repulsed
force


Interesting Fact:

Fort Shelby was constructed during the spring of 1814 under the command of General William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame. Clark left Lt. Perkins in charge of the fort which soon surrendered to the British and Indians.


Study Questions:

  • Who was Zachary Taylor and what was he known for?
  • What war was being waged in 1814?
  • Why were the Indians allies of the British?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Fort Shelby at Prairie du Chien:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 5:

    1774: The first Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia.
    1977: Voyager I is launched.



  • September 5

    September 5, 1814: Major Zachary Taylor, leading a force of 300 American troops up the Mississippi River to recapture Fort Shelby at Prairie du Chien, was repulsed by the British and Indians. This marked the last attempt to recapture control of Wisconsin by military force.


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