The Battle of the Pecatonica

© Photographed April 27, 2018
Erected 1922 by Rhoda Hinsdale Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution of Shullsburg,
and by the Town of Wiota.
South Wayne, Lafayette County, Wisconsin
42.659455,-89.875595
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At this place on June 16, 1832 between Wisconsin pioneers, under Colonel Henry Dodge, and a band of Black Hawk’s Sacs was fought the Battle of the Pecatonica. “The annals of Indian warfare offer no parallel to this battle.” Of the twenty-one volunteer soldiers engaged, three were mortally and one severely wounded.

The seventeen Indians were slain. Thus was our land made safe for settlement.
The marker is located alongside the Pecatonica River in the campground area of Blackhawk Memorial Park, on southbound County Road Y, south of its intersection with Sand Road, and 3 miles north of its intersection with County Road M, near 2929 County Road Y, South Wayne, Wisconsin 53587.

The Battle of "Bloody Lake" (or "Horseshoe Bend" or "Peactonica") / June 16, 1932 (A Virtual Tour!) 

Daughters of the American Revolution

This area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin: Lafayette County and the State Register of Historic Places.

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

Wikipedia: Black Hawk War

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

 With the Pecatonica River in the background.

 The marker is adjacent to the park road.


 Nearby Bloody Lake.

Turn left at this sign to access the marker.


See also, Marker 547: Battle of Pecatonica, also at this location.


The marker is located at Black Hawk Memorial Park.
Chief Black Hawk (1837)
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DEDICATION
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.
BLACK HAWK.
10th Moon, 1833.
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island, Illinois


Plenty of signage leading to Black Hawk Memorial Park.

This marker and site are featured in the Little Wisconsin
community of Wiota.

Little Wisconsin will be available May 7, 2019.

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