Marker 111: Camp Randall

© Photographed April 23, 2017
Erected 1961 by The Civil War Centennial Commission
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.192′ N, 89° 24.599′ W
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From these historic grounds went forth Wisconsin's sons to fight for the preservation of the nation in the American Civil War -- 1861-1865. More than 70,000 men trained for service within the boundaries of this camp named after Alexander W. Randall, a wartime governor.

Originally comprising 53½ acres and owned by the estate of William D. Bruen, the tract was leased to the State Agricultural Society in 1859. When war came in April 1861, the land was turned over to the state as a military training rendezvous and Camp Randall became the state's largest staging point. A hospital and a stockade for Confederate prisoners of war were also located here.

Purchased by the state in 1893, the land was deeded to the University of Wisconsin. Since that time, a portion of the grounds has been used as an athletic field. As a memorial to Wisconsin's Civil War soldiers, a small segment of the land was set aside as a Park and the Memorial Arch was completed in 1912.
The marker is located at Camp Randall Memorial Park and is accessible from southbound Monroe Street, south of its V-intersection with North Randall Avenue, at or near 132 North Randall Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus can be harrowing. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

Click here for a list of all markers located on the UW-Madison campus.

 This odd building next to the marker, with no explanation
as to what it is or why it's there . . .
 View of the marker from North Randall Avenue.

 Camp Randall is part of the UW-Madison campus.


Mary said...

info on the guard house can be found at pages 62-63

Wisconsin Historical Markers said...

Thank you for sharing, Mary! Fabulous link! I've shortened it here, for ease in copying to paste in browser:

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