Suzanne Gucciardo

The story of the agriculture program at Fort Atkinson, and its role in helping later settlers.


When the Missouri Expedition was sent into the little known reaches of the Louisiana Purchase to establish a U.S. military presence, the Army failed to appreciate the difficulty of feeding its men on the frontier. Following a disastrous winter of 1819-1820, Colonel Atkinson was determined to keep his garrison healthy through cultivation of grain crops and vegetables. The agriculture program at Fort Atkinson not only provided a surplus of food for the men and their families, it also provided important information about farming on the plains for the settlers who would come later.

Suzanne Gucciardo

Title: Independent Speaker


Phone: (402) 468-5848

City: Fort Calhoun

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