When compared to the Civil War, memory of the American Revolution is a little more difficult to come by these days. But this July 4th, my family’s mission is to see where the Revolution is remembered around Milwaukee. Indeed, they are cursed with a husband/father as a history teacher. We will visit the Milwaukee County War Memorial Building on Lake Michigan to see memorials to a couple of veterans of the Revolution. One veteran in particular, George Dill, Sr. (1759-after 1845) has my boys intrigued as he began the war as a fancy-pants Hessian soldier, and then switched sides to a German speaking American unit. This link has information on Dill and other Revolutionary War veterans buried in WI including some interesting information why these veterans ventured out west to Wisconsin. We will also take a short drive around the city to LaFayette Hill and other places to see statues dedicated to this war. I will post the results below.
Other Local Revolutionary War Sites/History (not visited):
- General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument (Then and Now).
- General Casimir Pulaski Monument and Park.
- A Famous Brown Bess in Milwaukee Public Museum Gun Collection (Is this gun still there?)
- Nathan Hatch Trail, Brookfield
- Wisconsin During the Revolution
How is the Revolution remembered where you live?