Marker 152: Fort Koshkonong

© Photographed May 7, 2017
Erected 1966 by Fort Atkinson Historical Society
Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
42° 55.604′ N, 88° 49.894′ W
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"Whilst lying here we have thrown up a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accommodation of the sick," wrote General Henry Atkinson of this spot in his army report to General Winfield Scott on July 17, 1832.

Atkinson with more than 4000 frontier soldiers had followed Black Hawk up the Rock River in an attempt to end the Black Hawk War. After an unproductive sortie east up Bark River, Atkinson returned and built Fort Koshkonong, later known as Fort Atkinson.

The fort, constructed of oak logs eight feet tall, was abandoned when the army pursued and defeated Black Hawk at the Battle of Bad Axe in August 1832. Thus ended the Sauk's last hard fight against continued encroachment of white men onto their tribal lands.

In September of 1836, Dwight Foster arrived and erected the first cabin in what is now Fort Atkinson on this site. He and other settlers used logs from the stockade to build cabins, river rafts and for firewood. By 1840 little of the fort remained.
The marker is located in the 400 block of Milwaukee Avenue East, just east of its intersection with Roland Avenue, at or near 407 Milwaukee Avenue East, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538.

This marker is included in the "black hawk war" marker series. Use the "black hawk war" label, below, to locate all markers in this series included on the Wisconsin Historical Markers website.

The Black Hawk War of 1832

Imbedded in the sidewalk in front of the marker.

 The referenced May House 1863.

 The marker is visible to the left.

See also, Black Hawk War Monument, also at this location.

First photographed August 12, 2013

Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk (1837)
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The marker is located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

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