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Blue Mounds in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Blue Mounds Fort

 
 
Blue Mounds Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
1. Blue Mounds Fort Marker
Inscription. The onset of the Black Hawk War in northwestern Illinois in April, 1832 triggered panic in southwestern Wisconsin's lead mining region, prompting erection of over a dozen stockades. On an open prairie knoll 3/4 mile south of this marker, area miners and settlers who became part of Col. Henry Dodge's militia built Blue Mounds Fort. Here the Hall sisters, survivors of the Indian Creek massacre, were released for ransom through Winnebago intercession. W.G. Aubrey, George Force and Emerson Green died in ambush attacks near the stockade. After the Battle of Wisconsin Heights, troops regrouped here. Despite repeated surrender attempts, Black Hawk's band of Sac and Fox Indians was virtually annihilated at the junction of the Bad Axe and Mississippi Rivers August 2. Thus ended one Native American group's efforts to escape the tragic consequences of white settlement.

The heirs of Col. Ebenezer Brigham donated a portion of the Fort site to the State Historical Society in 1921.
 
Erected 1992 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 29.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 0.909′ N, 89° 49.6′ W. Marker
Blue Mounds Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
2. Blue Mounds Fort Marker
The marker is on the eastern edge of Blue Mounds.
is in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route ID and Division Street (County Route F), on the left when traveling east on County Route ID. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Mounds WI 53517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 0.7 miles away); Brigham Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Brigham Park (approx. one mile away); Army Cargo Plane Crash (approx. 1.5 miles away); German Valley (approx. 3 miles away); Elvers Corner (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Town (approx. 4.9 miles away); Hauge Log Church - 1852 (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blue Mounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. Uncovering the Story of Fort Blue Mounds. Link to an article by Robert A. Birmingham in the Wisconsin Magazine of History on the history and excavation of the fort. (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Dane County Historical Society. Society newsletter articles on the Blackhawk War and marker series, especially mentioning this marker. (Submitted on October 10, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Area South of Blue Mounds Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 20, 2010
3. Area South of Blue Mounds Fort Marker
Looking in the direction referenced in the marker as the site of Blue Mounds Fort.
 
 
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