Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park: Civil War 1861-1865: Stoughton Light Guard

© Photographed May 5, 2018
Dedicated October 2017
Sponsored by the 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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President Lincoln issues a call for Union volunteers in the summer of 1861. By early September, Company D of the 7th Wisconsin Volunteers, also known as the "Stoughton Light Guard." were in training at Camp Randall in Madison. After only three weeks, there were combined with other Wisconsin units and sent to Washington D.C. Together they former the "Iron Brigade of the west." Easily recognized by their black hats and unique uniforms, they were a tenacious fighting force with strong discipline and an "iron" disposition.
The Brigade fought in the battles of the Second Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. However, the suffered virtual destruction on the first day at Gettysburg. In proportion to its numbers, the Brigade saw the most casualties of any unit in the Civil War.
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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