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Near Sauk City in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Battle of Wisconsin Heights

 
 
Battle of Wisconsin Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
1. Battle of Wisconsin Heights Marker
Inscription. On July 21, 1832, during a persistent rainstorm, the 65-year old Sac Indian leader, Black Hawk, led 60 of his Sac and Fox and Kickapoo warriors in a holding action against 700 United States militia at this location. The conflict, known as the Battle of Wisconsin Heights, was the turning point in the Black Hawk War. Here commanders General James D. Henry and Colonel Henry Dodge and their troops overtook Black Hawk and his followers after pursuing them for weeks over the marshy areas and rough terrain of south central Wisconsin. Yet because of Black Hawk’s superb military strategy, the steady rain and nightfall, approximately 700 Indians, including children and the aged, escaped down or across the Wisconsin River about one mile west of here. Their success was short-lived. The war ended just 12 days later at the Battle of Bad Axe when many of Black Hawk’s followers drowned or were slain in their attempt to cross the Mississippi River.
 
Erected 1998 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 395.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 14.686′ N, 89° 43.403′ W. Marker is near Sauk City, Wisconsin, in Dane
Battle of Wisconsin Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
2. Battle of Wisconsin Heights Marker
County. Marker is on State Highway 78 0.4 miles south of County Route Y, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is about 1½ miles south of Sauk City. Marker is in this post office area: Sauk City WI 53583, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisconsin Heights Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Mazomanie Sand Barrens (approx. half a mile away); Culver's (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sauk City (approx. 2 miles away); Free Congregation of Sauk County (approx. 2.1 miles away); August W. Derleth (approx. 2.3 miles away); Father Adalbert Inama -- St. Norbert House (approx. 2.3 miles away); In Memory of Rev. Adalbert Inama, O. Praem. (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sauk City.
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Heights Battlefield Virtual Tour. “The chase carried pursuer and pursued from the Rock River Rapids near present-day Hustisford, Wisconsin; on to north of Rock Lake near present-day Lake Mills, Wisconsin; west across the Four-Lakes isthmus and near the present-day capitol gounds at Madison, Wisconsin; further west past Pheasant Branch near today’s Middleton, and on to a location near present-day Indian Lake; then still further west to a series of high bluffs overlooking the Wisconsin River, south of present-day Sauk City, Wisconsin.” (Submitted on August 23, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
3. Nearby Sign
Black Hawk Unit — Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Battle of Wisconsin Heights Map image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 26, 2010
4. Battle of Wisconsin Heights Map
Map near the marker showing the battlefield and nearby trails. The marker is in the upper right hand corner of the map.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,349 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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