Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
New Madrid, Missouri - American Civil War

The Battle of New Madrid and Island No. 10

Confederate Prisoners at Camp Randall as Seen in Newspaper Articles

Read More About It

"Wisconsin and the Civil War: All for the Union" by Richard Zeitlin

"Wisconsin in the Civil War" by Robert Wells



Interesting Fact:

The Madison grave sites of the Civil War prisoners is the northern most Confederate cemetery in the country.

Study Questions:

  • Was Camp Randall a football stadium in 1862?
  • Were Wisconsin regiments involved in the New Madrid battle?
  • How many Confederate prisoners were held at Camp Randall during the Civil War?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 2:

    1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Flordia.

  • April 2

    April 2, 1862: A battle for Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River south of New Madrid, Missouri resulted in 7,000 Confederates surrendering. Over 1,100 of the captives from Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas were sent to Camp Randall on April 2. Many of the prisoners died in Madison with 140 of them being buried in Madison at the Forest Hill cemetery.

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