Historic Trail Markers: Blackhawk Trail

© Photographed June 13, 2015 and April 8, 2017
Erected by Vernon County Historical Society, Wisconsin Humanities
Committee, Wisconsin State Dept. of Transportation,
and Vernon County Highway Department
Soldiers Grove, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43° 25.093′ N, 90° 57.517′ W

The ravine across the road and a short distance to the north with springs and a pond offered an ideal sheltered camping spot for the Indian band and a day later for the army and militia.

Grateful appreciation is given to Dr. C.V. Porter whose hard work and dedication preserved this segment of history for all.

Vernon County Historical Society
Wisconsin Humanities Committee
Wisconsin State Dept. of Transportation
Vernon County Highway Department

The State of Wisconsin recognizes Dr. Porter's markers as part of Vernon County history but does not condone the language or prejudicial inferences used on some of the markers. Dr. Porter used descriptive, interpretative language which he researched and felt was acceptable for his time. 
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, Blackhawk Trail (No. 10 CVP), 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.

Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk (1837)
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 First visited on a gloomy day -- June 13, 2015.

 A marker reader at the site when I arrived!

 The only signage for this marker location.

 The marker is located in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

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