The Black Hawk War of 1832


The Black Hawk War of 1832 in Illinois and Wisconsin was the last significant campaign by U.S. Government troops against Indians in the Old Northwest. Subsequent treaties opened large parts of Wisconsin for settlement.

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Wisconsin History: War & Military page

“Causes of the Black Hawk War; Barbarous Treatment of Indian Women and Children” (1888)

“Army Life in Wisconsin Territory” (1898)
This collection of 4 papers includes one entitled “Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk War”

Fitch, Matthew G. (Lieut.), “The Battle of Peckatonica” (1888)

Smith, Henry (Capt.), “Indian Campaign of 1832″ (1888)

Wakefield, John A., History of the Black Hawk War (1834)


Illinois War & Military page

Armstrong, Perry A., The Sauks and the Black Hawk War, with Biographical Sketches, etc (1887)

Smith, Henry , The Expedition against the Sauk and Fox Indians 1832 (1833)

Stevens, Frank E., The Black Hawk War, including a review of Black Hawk’s life illustrated with upward of three hundred rare and interesting portraits and views (1903)

Wakefield, John A. , History of the War between the United States and the Sac and Fox Nations of Indians and parts of other disaffected tribes of Indians, in the years eighteen hundred and twenty-seven, thirty-one, and thirty-two (1834)


Illinois Biographies & Memoirs page

Cole, Cyrenus, I am a Man: the Indian Black Hawk (1938)

Quaife, Milo Milton, ed. The Life of Black Hawk; Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak (1834)

Salter, William, The Life of Henry Dodge from 1782 to 1833 with Portrait by George Catlin, and maps of the battles of the Pecatonica and Wisconsin Heights in the Black Hawk War (1890)


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