“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Town of Wiota in Lafayette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Battle of Pecatonica

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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2013
1. Battle of Pecatonica Marker
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Inscription. Blackhawk Memorial Park is on the site of the Battle of Pecatonica, the first of three military engagements fought in present-day Wisconsin during the American-Indian conflict of 1832, known as the Black Hawk War. On June 16, 1832, following attacks on settlers and miners at Fort Blue Mounds and Spafford’s Farm near Wiota, Colonel Henry Dodge led a group of frontier militia across the open prairie to this site in pursuit of a band of Kickapoo followers of Chief Black Hawk. Crossing the deep stream, the Indians took a defensive position along the steep banks of an oxbow lake near a bend in the Pecatonica River. Dodge and twenty-nine mounted militiamen soon arrived, fording the river to the north. Dodge sent four men to observe movement from high points along the river (at the east side of the park); four stayed with the horses.

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(Continued from other side) The others moved through swamps to some timber, getting within thirty yards before the Kickapoo reportedly commenced firing. At Dodge’s command, the militia charged and engaged in hand-to-hand combat. After only a few minutes, all seventeen Kickapoo perished. Three frontiersmen were mortally wounded, and one was slightly injured. Dodge’s decisive victory at this brief skirmish boosted morale among settlers in the Lead Mining Region
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2013
2. Battle of Pecatonica Marker
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and U.S. soldiers in pursuit of Black Hawk’s band of Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo. The war ended forty-seven days later following the Battles of Wisconsin Heights (Dane County) and Bad Axe (Vernon County). The end of the conflict opened southern Wisconsin to increased settlement by farmers and miners. The Pecatonica battlefield site was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2011.
Erected 2013 by Wisconsin Historical Society, Friends of Woodford Park, Lafayette County Sportsman’s Alliance, Lafayette County. (Marker Number 547.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 39.706′ N, 89° 52.634′ W. Marker is in Town of Wiota, Wisconsin, in Lafayette County. Marker is on County Route Y 3 miles from County Route M, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located just inside the entrance of Blackhawk Memorial County Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2929 County Hwy Y, Woodford WI 53599, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of the Pecatonica (approx. ¼ mile away); East Wiota Lutheran Church (approx. 2 miles away);
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2013
3. Battle of Pecatonica Marker
Partridge Hall Star Theatre (approx. 2.7 miles away); Argyle (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Hamilton (approx. 4.2 miles away); Earliest Settlers (approx. 10.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Zarahemla (approx. 10.3 miles away); Zenas Gurley (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Categories. Wars, US Indian
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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