Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park: Civil War 1861-1865: Summary

© Photographed May 5, 2018
Dedicated October 2017
Sponsored by City of Stoughton
Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
42°56'23.4"N 89°14'45.9"W
42.939842, -89.246084
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SUMMARY
The Civil War started on April 12, 1861. Following President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, South Carolina forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay. President Lincoln refused to reorganize the Confederate States of America, thus dividing the country into two political parts: the Confederacy and the Union. To help stabilize the country and save the Union, President Lincoln authored and helped pass the Emancipation Proclamation. That single legislative action transformed the Civil War from a struggle to preserve the Union into a crusade for human freedom.
Wisconsin, as part of the Union, contributed 91,000 troops to 56 regiments. They fought in every major battle of the Civil War. New recruits were trained in Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Racine, and Madison. More than 12,000 never returned, including 78 servicemen from Stoughton.
For their valient efforts at Bull Run, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, the Red River Campaign, and the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Wisconsin soldiers earned respect and praise. The war ended with the surrender of Confederate General, [sic] Robert E. Lee, [sic] to Union General, [sic] Ulysses S. Grant, [sic] at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865.
The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park, accessible from westbound County Highway B, at its intersection with Country Club Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589.






 The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park.


The memorial is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

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