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Black Hawk and the War of 1832: Removal in the North (Landmark Events in Native American History)

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  • Indian warfare in Illinois and Wisconsin The Black Hawk War of 1832 was typical of 19th century confrontations between the United States government and Native-American tribes in as much as it was violent, tragic and potentially avoidable. The tribal leader, Black Hawk of the Sauks, led the so called 'English Band' of Sauks, Meskwakis and Kickapoos across the Mississippi River into Illinois, probably to peaceably resettle tribal lands which had been ceded to the United States government. The belief among Americans was that the Indians were hostile and an army, consisting primarily of poorly trained and undisciplined part-time militia because of the lack of regular troops in the area, was mobilised. During negotiations the militia pre-emptively opened fire on the Indians, this immediately flared into open hostility resulting in the Battle of Stillman's Run and American defeat. Black Hawk, joined by disaffected members of the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes, then led a raiding war against settlements and forts. After several fiercely contested battles American forces were finally victorious. This very substantial Leonaur book brings together no less than six histories and first hand accounts on the Black Hawk War-including that of Black Hawk himself-to provide a comprehensive overview of this interesting episode in American history. Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

    As a young man, Lincoln served very briefly as a volunteer during the Black Hawk War of 1832. He saw no action, but joked that he “had a good many bloody struggles with the mosquitoes, and although I never fainted from the loss of blood, I can truly say I was often very hungry.” As president three decades later, Lincoln led the Union to victory in the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. | Library of Congress

  • Black Hawk (1767 – October 3, 1838) was a leader and warrior of the Sauk American Indian tribe in what is now the United States. Although he had inherited an important historic medicine bundle, he was not one of the Sauk's hereditary civil chiefs. His status came from leading war parties as a young man, and from his leadership of a band of Sauks during the Black Hawk War of 1832.

    As a young man, Lincoln served very briefly as a volunteer during the Black Hawk War of 1832. He saw no action, but joked that he “had a good many bloody struggles with the mosquitoes, and although I never fainted from the loss of blood, I can truly say I was often very hungry.” As president three decades later, Lincoln led the Union to victory in the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. | Library of Congress

    Description: A map of the Illinois and Michigan territory (present day Illinois and Wisconsin) showing the battle sites of the Black Hawk War of 1832. The map shows Black Hawk's Village (Saukenuk) near Rock Island on the Mississippi, Prophetstown, Dixon's Ferry, the site of Stillman's defeat, Buffalo Grove, Elizabeth (Battle of Apple River Fort), the site of General James Henry's attack on Black Hawk (Battle of Wisconsin Heights), Galena (near the site of the Bad Axe Massacre), and Fort Dearborn (Chicago).
    Place Names: Growth of Nation, Chicago, Elizabeth, Galena, Naperville, Ottaw
    ISO Topic Categories: oceans, location, inlandWaters
    Keywords: Black Hawk War, borders, historical, kNativeAmerican, other military, oceans, location, inlandWaters, Unknown, 1832
    Source: Robert H. Labberton, New Historical Atlas and General History (New York, NY: Townsend MacCoun, 1886) Plate LXVIII
    Map Credit: Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman

  • The Black Hawk War of 1832
    Patrick J. Jung
    Limited preview - 2007

    Wallace, Anthony F. Prelude to Disaster: The Course of Indian-White Relations Which Led to the Black Hawk War of 1832. Spring field: Illinois State Historical Society, 1970.

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Wallace, Anthony F. Prelude to Disaster: The Course of Indian-White Relations Which Led to the Black Hawk War of 1832. Spring field: Illinois State Historical Society, 1970.