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On This Day: July 27

1832 - Sauk Pursued North of the Wisconsin River

On this date American troops resumed their pursuit of Sauk Indians in the Black Hawk War following the battle of Wisconsin Heights. After constructing rafts, the troops led by General Atkinson, now numbering roughly 1,300 men, a third the number of soldiers which began the campaign, crossed the Wisconsin, near Spring Green, and began again the search for the Sauk. The date of the crossing is somewhat contentious, some placing it as early as July 26th and as late as July 28th. [Source: Along the Black Hawk Trail by William F. Stark, p. 130-131]

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, opens

The First Battle of Deep Bottom is called Darbytown, Strawberry Plains, New Market Road, or Gravel Hill. This was a principal battle in the Siege of Petersburg designed to draw Confederate forces away from the upcoming Battle of the Crater. The 36th Wisconsin Infantry and 4th Wisconsin Light Artillery participated.

1894 - Forest Fire Destroys Phillips

On the afternoon of this day, a forest fire swept over the Price Co. town of Phillips from the west, destroying nearly all the buildings and forcing 2,000 people to flee for their lives. When the sun came up the next morning, 13 people had been killed, the entire downtown was in ashes, and exhausted survivors were wandering through the ruins in a daze. The fire ultimately consumed more than 100,000 acres in Price County. Much of the town was rebuilt within a year.

1953 - Korean War Ends

On this date the Korean War ended. 801 Wisconsinites were killed in action, 4,286 wounded, 111 captured and 84 remain listed as missing in action. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p.]

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