Blackhawks Outpost (No. 5 CVP)

© Photographed April 7, 2017
Erected 1930 by Viroqua, Wisconsin historian Dr. C.V. Porter
(Marker Number 5 CVP)
Red Mound (De Soto), Vernon County, Wisconsin
43° 28.242′ N, 91° 10.206′ W
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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

The marker is located at a highway pull-off on eastbound County Highway UU, west of its intersection with Orlando Road, De Soto, Wisconsin 54624.

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

See also, Historic Trail Markers: Blackhawks Outpost, also at this location. 

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

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.

With the marker visible to the left.

 Heading west, at the intersection of State Route 82 and County Road UU.

 Heading east, at the intersection of
State Route 35 (Great River Road) and County UU.

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