By Correne Martin
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. The British won the battle but eventually lost the territory that became the state of Wisconsin.
“This is one important aspect of our state history that the residents should be proud of and should want to honor,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien.
To commemorate the city’s role in this historic conflict, a local Bicentennial Committee is planning events and awareness efforts for the public to enjoy this spring, summer and fall. The committee consists of officials from the Fort Crawford Museum, Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, City of Prairie du Chien, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council, and Parks and Recreation Department.