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On This Day: June 28

1832 - Atkinson starts up Rock River in Black Hawk War

On this date General Henry Atkinson and the Second Army began its trip into the Wisconsin wilderness in a major effort against Black Hawk. The "Army of the Frontier" was formed of 400 U.S. Army Regulars and 2,100 volunteer militiamen in order to participate in the Black Hawk War. The troops were headed toward the Lake Koshkonong area where the main camp of the British Band was rumored to be located. [Source: Along the Black Hawk Trail by William F. Stark, p. 93-94]

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of Golding's Farm, Virginia

The Battle of Golding's Farm took place during the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. The 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Co. G of the 1st U. S. Sharpshooters participated in this battle.

1865 - Viroqua Tornado

On this date one of the earliest tornadoes recorded in Wisconsin history killed 22 people and injured at least 100 Viroqua. [Source: Viroqua History]