Battle Bluff / Battle Hollow / Battle Island (No. 8 CVP)

© Photographed July 24, 2013 and April 7, 2017
Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter
(Marker No. 8 CVP)
De Soto, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43° 27.412′ N, 91° 12.796′ W
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Battle Bluff * Battle Hollow * Battle Island

Battle Bluff ↑ Elv 1139ft
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."
R.G. Thwaites.
No. 8 CVP 1930 S

The marker is located on northbound Great River Road / State Highway 35, just south of its intersection with Battle Hollow Road, De Soto, Wisconsin 54624.

Education for Liberation: Black Hawk: Chief of the Sauk Nation

To Brigadier General H. Atkinson:
SIR—The changes of fortune and vicissitudes of war made you my conqueror. When my last resources were exhausted, my warriors worn down with long and toilsome marches, we yielded, and I became your prisoner.
The story of my life is told in the following pages: it is intimately connected, and in some measure, identified, with a part of the history of your own: I have, therefore, dedicated it to you.
The changes of many summers have brought old age upon me, and I can not expect to survive many moons. Before I set out on my journey to the land of my fathers, I have determined to give my motives and reasons for my former hostilities to the whites, and to vindicate my character from misrepresentation. The kindness I received from you whilst a prisoner of war assures me that you will vouch for the facts contained in my narrative, so far as they came under your observation.
I am now an obscure member of a nation that formerly honored and respected my opinions. The pathway to glory is rough, and many gloomy hours obscure it. May the Great Spirit shed light on yours, and that you may never experience the humility that the power of the American government has reduced me to, is the wish of him, who, in his native forests, was once as proud and bold as yourself.
10th Moon, 1833.
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island, Illinois

Use the "black hawk war" label, below, to locate all markers in this series included on the Wisconsin Historical Markers website.

These markers are also at this location:

Marker 33: Battle of Bad Axe (to the right), is also at this location.

Thank you to Randy Robertson for sharing the link to this video of Battle Hollow Valley:

An illustration of Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk, 1837,
This media file is in the public domain;

At the Battle (Massacre) of Bad Axe, the end of the journey.

First visited July 24, 2013 . . .

The marker is located on northbound Great River Road Wisconsin.

 Follow the signage to the marker location.
The marker is located just north of De Soto, Wisconsin.


Unknown said...

I live in this historic valley. to see this valley and what it looks like today see this you tube video:

Wisconsin Historical Markers said...

Thank you for sharing the link, Randy! I've added it to the post. Oh, boy, does that video make me so jealous that I don't have a drone! :)

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