This Day in Wisconsin History
On This Day: March 5
1863 - (Civil War) Battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee, Ends
The 22nd Wisconsin Infantry fought at the Battle of Thompson's Station in Williamson County, Tennessee. In this battle, surprised and outnumbered Union forces surrendered to the Confederates.
1935 - Elizabeth "Baby Doe" McCourt Dies
On this date, the controversial wife of Horace (H.A.W.) Tabor, silver mine owner during the 19th century Colorado gold and silver booms, died. Born Elizabeth Bondeul McCourt in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1854, she was first married to Harvey Doe, Jr. of Oshkosh but in 1880 divorced him on the grounds of adultery. She then moved to Colorado where she married Leadville's silver king, Horace Tabor. Despite great wealth, she died penniless and alone in Leadville: she froze to death in a cabin near the famous Matchless mine, which in its heyday had produced $10,000 worth of silver ore per day. Elizabeth and Horace are the subject of an American opera, "The Ballad of Baby Doe". [Sources: http://www.babydoetabor.com/ and http://www.coloradohistory.com/ch-stories/tabor/index.htm]