Near De Soto in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Black Hawk War
Battle Bluﬀ · Battle Hollow · Battle Island
Battle Hollow → Severe fighting 1 mile east between Gen. Henry's 300 Ill. militia and 300 Sac Indians Aug. 2 1832.
← Battle Island Hard fighting opposite. 1200 white soldiers engaged. 17 killed. 12 wounded of Indians. 150 shot, 150 drowned, 50 taken prisoners. 300 crossed river of whom 150 were killed by Sioux instigated by Gen. Atkinson. Of the 1000 Sacs who crossed the river from Iowa in April 1832, "not more than 150 survived to tell the tragic story of the Black Hawk War."
No. 8 CVP 1930 S
Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter. (Marker Number 8 CVP.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War marker series.
Location. 43° 27.412′ N, 91° 12.796′ 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 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 Battle of Bad Axe (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.
More about this marker. R.G. (Reuben Gold) Thwaites, quoted in the text, was superintendent of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Dr. Porter, who was also a De Sota, Wisconsin school teacher, died November 30, 1931.
Also see . . .
1. Other Black Hawk entries in the database. (Submitted on November 14, 2009.)
2. Battle Island and Black Hawk Trail. "In the early 1930’s a local doctor, C.V. Porter, decided to make and erect markers on historical events and places in this area." (Submitted on November 14, 2009.)
3. Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America. "In 1989 the Wisconsin State Assembly... issued a formal apology and expressed its deepest, heartfelt "regret amd sorrow" to the surviving members of the Sauk and Fox nations for the wrongs done 157 years before." (Submitted on November 14, 2009.)
4. County’s portion of Great River Road full of history. (Submitted on November 14, 2009.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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