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

Black Hawks Outpost

Black Hawks Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Black Hawks Outpost Marker
August 2 1832 twenty
picked Sacs were station-
ed here to decoy the US
Army northward and per-
mit the Indian main body
with women and children
to escape across the riv-
er. Fourteen of the out-
post were shot here wh-
ile trying to surrender.
In 1846 LeGrand Sterling
found twelve human skel-
etons near here.

No 5 CVP 1930 S

Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter. (Marker Number 5 CVP.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War marker series.
Location. 43° 28.242′ N, 91° 10.206′ W. Marker is near Red Mound, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is on County Highway UU 0.8 miles west of Orlando Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. 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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk War (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle of Bad Axe (approx. 2.4 miles away); Head of Battle Isle (approx. 3 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder
Black Hawks Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Black Hawks Outpost Marker
(approx. 3.4 miles away); Winneshiek’s Landing (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Red Bird's Village (approx. 3.7 miles away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 3.7 miles away); Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWars, US Indian
Historic Trail Markers Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Historic Trail Markers Sign

This is the site where General Atkinson's regular army troops encountered the 20 warriors which Black Hawk had sent as a decoy hoping to give the rest of his people time to cross the river. Meanwhile the militia encountered the rear guard of the Indian band in Battle Hollow.

Grateful appreciation is given to Dr. C.V. Porter whose hard work and dedication preserved this segment of history for all.

Vernon County Historical Society
Wisconsin Humanities Committee
Wisconsin State Dept. of Transportation
Vernon County Highway Department

The State of Wisconsin recognizes Dr. Porter's markers as part of Vernon County history but does not condone the language or prejudicial inferences used on some of the markers. Dr. Porter used descriptive, interpretative language which he researched and felt was acceptable for his time.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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