Camp Randall Memorial Arch

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Old Abe, the bald eagle mascot who went into battle with the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, sits atop the arch. Statues of a veteran soldier and a young recruit flank the opening. Jeff Miller

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Union troops trained at Camp Randall, the site of what was once a state fairground. Although citizens initially admired their drills, the soldiers soon wore out their welcome with rowdy behavior — a result of frequenting Madison taverns while awaiting action. WHS 1838.

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The first athletic field was built on the site in 1894. Civil War veterans convinced the state legislature in 1911 to establish a five-acre memorial park and allocate $25,000 to design and build the monument. The arch was built in 1912. Jeff Miller.

 

Published in the Fall 2016 issue

Tags: Campus history, Military

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