Black Hawk ✱ Sauk Chief

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected 1913 by The Class of 1888, U.W.
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.565′ N, 89° 24.29′ W
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Black Hawk, Sauk Chief,
retreated through these
grounds July 21, 1832
pursued by militia
and U.S. regulars.
Placed by
the Class of 1888, U.W.
June 17, 1913

The marker is located on westbound Observatory Drive, between Lincoln Drive (to the east) and North Charter Street (to the west), Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.


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

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

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Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk (1837)
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The marker is near the entrance to the Social Sciences Building.


The marker is to the right of the Memorial Tower and Carillon.

The marker is located on the UW-Madison campus.

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