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On This Day: July 19

1832 - Dodge and Henry pursue the British Band

On this date General James Henry and Colonel Henry Dodge found the trail of the British Band and began pursuit of Black Hawk and the Sauk Indians. Before leaving camp, the troops were told to leave behind any items that would slow down the chase. The troops camped that evening at Rock River, 20 miles east of present day Madison. Some sources place this event on July 18, 1832. [Source: Along the Black Hawk Trail by William F. Stark, p. 119]

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, approaches

The Union army approached Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, on its way to Atlanta. The Battle of Peach Tree Creek occurred the next day. The 1st, 3rd, 10th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 26th Wisconsin Infantry regiments along with the 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery took part in the coming battle.

1938 - Circus Performance in Janesville

On this date the Barnes-Sells Floto Circus, with acts from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, such as Frank "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Buck and his Caravan of Recently Captured Beasts from Distant Wilds and Gargantua the Great, "Largest and Most Ferocious Gorilla Ever Seen on this Continent," played in Janesville. This is just one of many circuses that called Wisconsin home or visited Wisconsin cities. [Source: Janesville Gazette]