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Black Hawk War Historical Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 30.330 W 088° 59.049
16T E 336981 N 4707811
Quick Description: The Black Hawk War Historical Marker is located in the Rest Area - Tourist Info Center on I-90 south of Beloit.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 11/13/2007 3:14:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM2K02
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 37

Long Description:
In the spring of 1831, the Sauk Indians led by Chief Keokuk left their ancestral home near the mouth of the Rock River and moved across the Mississippi, to fulfill the terms of a treaty signed in 1804.

On April 6, 1832, a dissatisfied faction led by Black Hawk returned with 40 warriors and 1200 women, children and old men. Why he risked this return to “my towns, my cornfields, and the homes of my people” in the face of certain opposition is not clear, but Black Hawk probably hoped that other Indians would join him in resisting further white settlement.

When this hope failed and the Illinois militia was called up, Black Hawk sent messengers to negotiate for peaceable removal across the Mississippi. One of his messengers was shot by the excited and poorly-disciplined militia and the war was on. The Indians briefly took the offensive and scalping parties attacked isolated communities of white settlers.

The exact route taken by Black Hawk as he retreated through southern Wisconsin toward the Mississippi is difficult to trace, because both pursued and pursuers were traveling unfamiliar terrain an their later accounts varied. Major engagements took place at Wisconsin Heights and at the Bad Axe, where the war ended August 2, 1832.

Erected 1968
County: Rock

Location: Wayside

MarkerID: 159

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