Camp Randall

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Camp Randall
Camp Randall arch (2).jpg
Camp Randall arch designed by Lew F. Porter
Camp Randall is located in Wisconsin
Camp Randall
Location Camp Randall Memorial Park, Madison, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°4′11″N 89°24′34″W / 43.06972°N 89.40944°W / 43.06972; -89.40944Coordinates: 43°4′11″N 89°24′34″W / 43.06972°N 89.40944°W / 43.06972; -89.40944
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1865
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 71000036[1]
Added to NRHP June 7, 1971

Camp Randall is a historic U.S. Army site in Madison, Wisconsin, named after Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall.

History[edit]

It was a training facility of the Union Army during the Civil War, with more than 70,000 recruits receiving training there. Later, a hospital and a stockade for Confederate prisoners of war were located at the camp.[2] The site was purchased by the state of Wisconsin in 1893 and deeded to the University of Wisconsin. Of the original 53½ acres, a segment was set aside as a park, which now features a memorial arch, two Civil War cannons, and a stockade building.

Camp Randall Park is also the location of Camp Randall Stadium, the outdoor football stadium of the University of Wisconsin, opened in 1917.

Camp Randall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Camp Randall during the Civil War. Sketch made on top of University Building, May 20, 1864, by W. F. Brown, Company B, 40th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Camp Randall". Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mattern, Carolyn J. Soldiers When They Go: The Story of Camp Randall, 1861-1865. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1968.

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