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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 6:

Leavenworth, Forsyth and Ft. Snelling

-As transcribed from page 60

With the establishment in 1819 of Fort Snelling, Trempealeau County was placed within the pale of civilization, and thereafter soldiers, traders and visitors were frequently passing. The expedition which established the fort, headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Leavenworth and accompanied by Major Thomas Forsyth, the Indian agent, reached Trempealeau and continued its course up the river in August, 1819. In his journal Major Forsyth mentions that on the night of August 12 he camped five miles below La Montaigne qui trempe a l'eau.41 

Resources for the above information:

41 - Major Thomas Forsyth, Journal of a Voyage to the Falls of St. Anthony in 1819, Wis. Hist. Colls., VII, 202. 


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