Abraham Lincoln and Zachary Taylor participated in the Blackhawk Wars

© Photographed July 20, 2015
Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
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At this spot in 1832, under a 24-star
United States flag similar to the replica
above, future Presidents
Abraham Lincoln and Zachary Taylor
participate in the Blackhawk Wars.

The cannons are located at McCoy Park and is accessible from eastbound Old Madison Street, between McCoy Park Road (to the west) and West Blackhawk Drive (to the east), Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538.

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

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

These memorials are also at this location:

Sauk Chief Makataimeshekiakiah, or Black Hawk (1837)
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 The marker is located at McCoy Park.

The marker is located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

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