Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Sinking of the Lady Elgin (Historic Marker Erected 1996)
N. Water and E. Erie Streets, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County
The loss of the side-wheel steamship Lady Elgin was one of Lake Michigan's most tragic maritime disasters. On September 8, 1860, the ship, returning to Milwaukee from Chicago, sank following a collision nine miles off Winnetka, Illinois. Milwaukee's Irish Union Guards had chartered the grand Lady Elgin for a special Chicago benefit trip to raise funds to purchase new weapons. Wisconsin's Governor Alexander Randall, an opponent of the federal fugitive slave law, suspected the Union Guards of disloyalty to the state because they supported the fugitive slave law. Randall ordered the unit to disband and confiscated the Guards' weapons. In defiance, Union Guards commander Garrett Barry sought to arm the unit independently from the state. Aboard the ship were more than 500 Union Guards supporters, mostly from the city's Irish Third Ward, including city officials, members of two German militia units, and the Milwaukee City Band. In the early morning hours the ship was struck amidships by an unlit, overloaded lumber schooner, the Augusta. At least 300 lives were lost, decimating the Irish Third Ward community.
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[Source: McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead (Madison:WHS, 1999).]
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Booth, Sherman Miller 1812 - 1904
Cole, Orsamus 1819 - 1903
Crawford, Samuel 1820 - 1861
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Finch, Asahel Jr. 1809 - 1883
Fugitive Slave Act
Howe, Timothy Otis 1816 - 1883
Miller, Andrew Galbraith 1801 - 1874
Paine, Byron 1827 - 1871
Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Sinking of the Lady Elgin (Historic Marker Erected
Smith, Abram Daniel 1811 - 1865
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Whiton, Edward Vernon 1805 - 1859