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On This Day: July 10

1832 - Fort Koshkonong Construction Begins

On this date General Henry Atkinson and his troops built Fort Koshkonong after being forced backwards from the bog area of the "trembling lands" in their pursuit of Black Hawk. The Fort, later known as Fort Atkinson, was described by Atkinson as "a stockade work flanked by four block houses for the security of our supplies and the accommodation of the sick." It was also on this date that Atkinson discharged a large number of Volunteers from his army in order to decrease stress on a dwindling food supply and to make his force less cumbersome. One of the dismissed volunteers was future president, Abraham Lincoln, whose horse was stolen in Cold Spring, Wisconsin, and was forced to return to New Salem, Illinois by foot and canoe. [Sources: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride and Along the Black Hawk Trail by Willilam F. Stark]

1865 - (Civil War) 2nd Wisconsin Light Artillery musters out

The 2nd Wisconsin Light Artillery mustered out. It had spent the war in Virginia and Maryland and participated in the Peninsula Campaign and the Siege of Suffolk, Virginia. It lost 12 enlisted men during active service, all to disease.

1897 - Temperature Soars to 115 in Ashland

On this date the temperature in Ashland reached a scalding 115 degrees. This temperature was recorded outside Harrison's Drug Store, around 2:00 p.m. [Source: The "B" Book II by Tony Woiak, p. 85]

1923 - John H. Bradley Born

On this date John H. Bradley was born at Antigo, Wisconsin. Bradley was one of the men in the famous picture/statue of the flag raising on Iwo-Jima. Bradley joined the 28th Marines of the 5th Marine Division on April 15, 1944. Iwo Jima was his first and only campaign. John Bradley died in 1994 in Antigo, the longest surviving member of the memorialized group. [Source: IwoJima.com]