General Charles King

General Charles King (HM2QO)

Location: Waupaca, WI 54981 Waupaca County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 20.194', W 89° 8.561'

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1844 - 1933

Charles King, one of America's most illustrious soldiers, was born in New York and came to Milwaukee in 1845. His father was Rufus King, editor and publisher of the Milwaukee Sentinel and first commander of the famed Civil War Iron Brigade. Charles King graduated from West Point, took part in the Civil War, and served on active duty until 1879, when a serious battle wound during an Indian campaign forced his retirement. Returning to Wisconsin, King began a writing career popularizing the exploits of the U.S. cavalry in the West. He also helped transform the state's militia system into the modern National Guard and commanded the Guard during the 1886 labor riots in Bay View. King taught for many years at St. Johns Military Academy in Delafield. Re-entering federal service during the Spanish-American War, King attained the rank of brigadier general and later participated in World War I. Spending more than seventy years in uniform — longer than any soldier in America history — King also wrote and published extensively on military life. The village of King in Waupaca County bears his name.
HM NumberHM2QO
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number422
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 12:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 329185 N 4911488
Decimal Degrees44.33656667, -89.14268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.194', W 89° 8.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 11.64" N, 89° 8' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)715, 920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N2692 County Rd QQ, Waupaca WI 54981, US
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