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Term: Lincoln, Abraham (in Wisconsin)


Lincoln is known for certain to have visited Wisconsin twice, and may have visited on at least one other occasion.

In 1832, while serving as a 23-year-old captain of the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War, Lincoln crossed into Wisconsin at Beloit on June 30th. Over the next 10 days he and his unit scouted lands north as far as Lake Koshkonong, in the valley of the Rock River. When he travelled the same route 27 years later in a horse-drawn carriage, he recalled many details of his 1832 march between Beloit and Janesville, before either city had been founded. He was mustered out on July 11, 1832, and headed south for his Illinois home. Lincoln did not fight in any battles in Wisconsin during his Black Hawk War service, and there is no eveidence that he ever crossed paths with Jefferson Davis, who was also in the war [View more information in Jackson, Alfred Augustus. "Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk War." Wisconsin Historical Collections 14 (1898): 118-136].

In 1859, Lincoln spoke at the State Agricultural Fair in Milwaukee on Friday, Sept. 30, and the next afternoon addressed a Republican meeting in Beloit. At the end of this second talk, he was persuaded to accompany Janesville Republicans back to their city, where he gave a third address on Saturday evening, Oct. 1. He stayed in Janesville (at the Tallman House) all day Sunday, leaving on Monday Oct. 3rd, 1859 [View more information in "Lincoln's 1859 Address at Milwaukee." Wisconsin Magazine of History 10/3 (1927): 243-258].

Many anecdotes have been recorded about supposed Lincoln visits to other places in Wisconsin, but none are confirmed by documentary evidence. One that is validated by multiple oral accounts is that in the autumn of 1835, during a period otherwise unaccounted for by his biographers, Lincoln came to Wisconsin while grieving the death of Ann Rutledge. Independent verbal traditions record that he told informants long afterwards that he had walked from Milwaukee to Port Washington and stayed with a prominent innkeeper there. It is also possible that Lincoln very briefly visited Milwaukee in early October 1848, when his steamer stopped there on the way to Chicago [View more information in Olson, Julius. "Lincoln in Wisconsin." Wisconsin Magazine of History 4/1 (1920): 44-54].

[Source: Wisconsin Historical Collections 14 (1898): 118-136; Wisconsin Magazine of History 4/1 (1920): 44-54; Wisconsin Magazine of History 10/3 (1927): 243-258.]

94 records found

Atkinson, Henry, 1782-1842
Bad Axe River, Crawford Co.
Bad Axe, Battle of
Battle of Bad Axe (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Battle of Wisconsin Heights (Historic Marker Erect
Beloit [brief history]
Black Hawk 1767 - 1838
Black Hawk at Turtle Village (Historic Marker Erec
Black Hawk War (1832)
Black Hawk War (Historic Marker Erected 1968)
Black Hawk War Encampment "Burnt Village" (Histori
Black Hawk War Encampment (Historic Marker Erected
Black Hawk [origin of place name]
Black Hawk, Sauk Co.
Blackhawk Island, Jefferson Co.
Blue Mounds (geology)
Brigham Park (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Brigham, Ebenezer 1789 - 1861
Bunyan, Paul
Caspar Partridge case, 1850-1855
Clark, Satterlee [Jr.?] 1816 - 1881
Clermont, Alexis 1808 - 1898
Crelie, Joseph 1773 - 1866
Davis, Jefferson (in Wisconsin)
Decorah family
Decorah Peak (Historic Marker Erected 1958)
Decorah, One-Eyed, 1772?-1864, Ho-Chunk chief
Dodge's Grove and Fort Union (Historic Marker Erec
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodgeville [brief history]
Drummond's Island
Dunn [origin of place name]
Dunn, Charles 1799 - 1872
Fennimore [origin of place name]
Forsyth, Thomas, 1771-1833.
Fort Atkinson [brief history]
Fort Atkinson [origin of place name]
Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co.
Fort Blue Mounds
Fort Defiance (Historic Marker Erected 1995)
Fort Hamilton
Fort Koshkonong (Historic Marker Erected 1966)
Fox Wars (ca. 1710-1740)
Gratiot, Henry 1789 - 1836
Grignon, Charles Augustin, 1808 - 1862
Grignon, Pierre Sr. 1740 - 1795
Hamilton, William Stephen 1797 - 1850
Helena, Iowa Co.
Indian Lake Passage (Historic Marker Erected 1997)
Keokuk, Sauk chief, 1780?-1848.
Lincoln, Abraham (in Wisconsin)
Meeker, Moses 1790 - 1865
Military River Crossing (Historic Marker Erected 1
Monfort [origin of place name]
Neopope, Sauk warrior, dates unverified
Niedecker, Lorine (1903-1970)(Historic Marker Erec
Niedecker, Lorine, 1903-1970
Ocooch Mountains (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Oshkosh, Menominee chief, 1795 - 1858
Paquette, Pierre 1799? - 1836
Parkinson, Daniel Morgan 1790 - 1868
Pecatonica River, Green Co. [origin of place name]
Pheasant Branch Encampment (Historic Marker Erecte
Pope-Roberts, Sondy 1950
Potosi [origin of place name]
Presidential Visits to Madison
Prophet, The (Winnebago)
Robson, Judith Biros
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Route of Abraham Lincoln, 1832 and 1859 (Historic
Sauk and Fox Treaty of 1804 (St. Louis)
Schooff, Dan 1971
Soldiers Grove Origins (Historic Marker Erected 19
Souligny, Menominee leader, 1785-1864
Spotted Arm (Broken Arm), Ho-Chunk chief
Stambaugh, Samuel C.
Storrs Lake, Milton (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Street, Joseph Montfort 1780 - 1840
The Pursuit West (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Smoker, Ho-Chunk chief
The U.S. Military at Turtle Village (Historic Mark
Third Lake Passage (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
Tragedy of War (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Trail Discovery (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Treaty of 1832 (Fort Armstrong)
Troop Encampment (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Victory, Vernon Co.
Western Escape (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
White Crow, Ho-Chunk chief
Whittlesey, Charles 1808 - 1886
Winnebago Indians (Historic Marker Erected 1973)
Yankees in Wisconsin

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