TITLE

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FORT MCCOY A HEART FOR PREPAREDNESS

AUTHOR(S)
Mittelstaedt, Lou Ann; Motosicky, Kara
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Wisconsin Magazine of History;Summer2009, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the establishment of the U.S. military reservation known as Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin. The vision of Robert B. McCoy, a rancher and county judge who personally began acquiring tracts of land in the Sparta area and invited military units to train on the land while lobbying the U.S. War Department to consider establishing a military camp in Monroe County, is described. The legacy of McCoy's military service is presented. The development of the land as a military maneuver camp under the Secretary of War William H. Taft in 1906 to a full service military training facility during World War II is recounted.
ACCESSION #
43087939

 

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