Rushville in Schuyler County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Looking for Lincoln
— 1832 —
Abraham Lincoln's defeat in a wrestling match is one of the most celebrated stories from his service in the Black Hawk Indian War. When Lincoln's Black Hawk Indian War. When Lincoln's militia company got into a dispute with a company from St. Clair County over a desirable campsite east of Rushville, someone suggested a wrestling match to settle the matter. Dow Thompson was champion for the St. Clair boys; Lincoln was for his company. Lincoln's
Black Hawk slept in an adjoining berth to William A. Scripps as the two traveled by boat from Buffalo to Detroit in July 1833. The Indian chief complained of the dreadful heat and "got out of bed two or three times, and was half inclined to dispense with his mattress," William recorded. He considered the defeated warrior a "respectable old gentlemen." Black Hawk had just been released from federal prison. William was traveling from London to America to visit his brothers, the Rev. John Scripps and George H. Scripps, who became two of Rushville's most prominent citizens and early supporters of Lincoln and the Republican
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Foundation and the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 30, 1940.
Location. 40° 7.129′ N, 90° 33.824′ W. Marker is in Rushville, Illinois, in Schuyler County. Marker is on South Congress Street (U.S. 24) south of West Madison Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in front of the Schuyler County Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 S Congress St, Rushville IL 62681, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1812-1900 War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Lincoln's Reception (about 600 feet away); Abraham Lincoln in Rushville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maxwell Kennedy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Scripps Family (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Base Line Survey (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rushville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.