“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near De Soto in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Battle of Bad Axe

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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Battle of Bad Axe Marker
Inscription. After holding off his pursuers at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights (about 1½ miles south of present Sauk City) Black Hawk led his people over unfamiliar country toward the Mississippi. In the meantime, the Army alerted Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien. When the Indians reached the Mississippi, they found an armed steamboat blocking escape. The Battle of Bad Axe fought near here August 1-2, 1832 ended the Black Hawk War. Driven into the water by their pursuers, the Indians – warriors, old people, women and children – were shot down or drowned as they tried to escape. Black Hawk succeeded in getting away, but was soon taken prisoner. Later, when asked about his ill-fated venture, he said simply: "Rock River was a beautiful country; I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it."
Erected 1955 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 27.415′ N, 91° 12.812′ W. Marker is near De Soto, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is on Great River Road (State Highway 35) 2˝ miles north of Main Street (State Highway 82), on the right when
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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. Battle of Bad Axe Marker
traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off, 0.2 miles south of Battle Hollow Road. Marker is in this post office area: De Soto WI 54624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk War (a few steps from this marker); Head of Battle Isle (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder (approx. 2.1 miles away); Winneshiek’s Landing (approx. 2.1 miles away); Black Hawks Outpost (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Red Bird's Village (approx. 3.9 miles away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Soto.
Also see . . .
1. Bad Axe Massacre. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 25, 2009.) 

2. Battle at Bad Axe. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Lieutenant Kingsbury, who commanded, stated that they hoisted a white flag but would not send [a representative] aboard the steam accordingly he fired his six pounder..." (Submitted on October 25, 2009.) 

3. The Massacre at Bad Axe: Black Hawk's Account. Wisconsin Historical Society. "I told my braves not to shoot, as I intended going on board, so that we might save our women and children. I knew the captain, [Throckmorton,] and was determined to give myself up to him. I then sent for my white flag... The firing then commenced from the boat, which was returned by my braves, and continued for some time." (Submitted on October 25, 2009.) 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
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