Blackhawk Trail (No. 10 CVP)

© Photographed June 13, 2015 and April 8, 2017
Erected 1930 by Dr. C. V. Porter
(Marker No. 10 CVP)
Soldiers Grove, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43° 25.093′ N, 90° 57.517′ W


700 Sac Indians July 31,
1200 Soldiers Aug. 1, 1832
followed this ridge west
into Vernon County over this
Two human skeletons were
found at a spring west of
Wilder's Hotel, Rising
Sun in 1852.
Nancy Wilber authority 1892

No. 10 1930 C. V. P.

The marker is located at a highway turnout on eastbound County Highway B, west of its intersection with Wisconsin Highway 27, Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655.

The Black Hawk War of 1832

Wikipedia: Black Hawk War

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

See also, Historic Trail Markers: Blackhawk Trail, 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.

First visited on a gloomy day -- June 13, 2015.

Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk (1837)
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The marker is located in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

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