Fort Shelby (2)

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Fort Shelby (2) (1814-1815) - A U.S. Army post established in 1814 during the War of 1812 by Lt. Joseph Perkins, 7th U.S. Infantry on St. Feriole Island in present day Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. Named for Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky. Attacked and captured by a force of British-Canadians on 20 Jul 1814. The British-Canadians renamed the fort, Fort McKay, for Major William McKay, the British-Canadian Commander. The British-Canadians abandoned the fort at the end of the war in 1815.

Fort Shelby (2) History

Established as a two blockhouse fortification in June 1814 by Lt. Joseph Perkins, 7th U.S. Infantry. The fort was attacked by a British-Canadian force and bombarded with 3-pounder cannon for three days before Lt. Perkins surrendered the garrison on 20 Jul 1814. No lives were lost in the siege and the Americans were allowed to depart for St. Louis. The British-Canadians occupied the Fort and renamed it Fort McKay for Major William McKay, their Commander. They abandoned and destroyed the fort at the end of the war in 1815.

Current Status

Reconstructed blockhouse at Villa Louis Historic Site on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin


Location: Villa Louis, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. Map point is the reconstructed blockhouse.

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Lat: 43.05753 Long: -91.15972

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