Camp Randall History?

What is the history of Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin, the Civil War training post located on the grounds of the University of Wisconsin at Madison?

asked by Malice in History | 3153 views | 09-12-2009 at 09:20 PM

Camp Randall History:

Occupying 21 acres exiting from University Avenue to Monroe Street, between Breeze Terrace
and Randall Avenue, the acreage was donated in 1861 by the Wisconsin State Agriculture
Society to the state legislature as a training round for Union troops.
The camp became the center of Wisconsin military activities,
and more than 70,000 men were quartered and trained there.

After the War, the property became the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds,
but in 1893 it was acquired by the University of Wisconsin as an athletic field.
In 1911 a section of the property was set aside at the Camp Randall Memorial Park,
with a memorial arch that was completed in 1912 to honor Wisconsin's Civil War soldiers.

During World War I, the camp was temporarily reactivated as a drill ground for troops destined
for overseas.

The Civil War Regiments trained at Camp Randall were:
2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th,
20th, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 36th, 38th, 40th, 42nd, 46th, 49th.
Camp Randall also saw the departure of Co. G of Berdan's Sharpshooters.

For a brief time (3 months) during the War, Camp Randall was a
Confederate Prisoner of War Camp.
During that time 139 men die there.
Most were Confederate soldiers from Alabama.
They are buried at the Confederate Rest Cemetery in Madison.
Those who managed to survive were sent to various other POW Camps.

answered by Gina | 09-12-2009 at 09:21 PM

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