Battle of Bad Axe

Battle of Bad Axe (HMFN5)

Location: De Soto, WI 54624 Vernon County
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N 43° 27.415', W 91° 12.812'

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After holding off his pursuers at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights (about 1½ miles south of present Sauk City) Black Hawk led his people over unfamiliar country toward the Mississippi. In the meantime, the Army alerted Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien. When the Indians reached the Mississippi, they found an armed steamboat blocking escape. The Battle of Bad Axe fought near here August 1-2, 1832 ended the Black Hawk War. Driven into the water by their pursuers, the Indians - warriors, old people, women and children - were shot down or drowned as they tried to escape. Black Hawk succeeded in getting away, but was soon taken prisoner. Later, when asked about his ill-fated venture, he said simply: "Rock River was a beautiful country; I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it."
HM NumberHMFN5
Series This marker is part of the Black Hawk War series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series.
Marker Number33
Year Placed1955
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:32pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 644529 N 4813106
Decimal Degrees43.45691667, -91.21353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 27.415', W 91° 12.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 27' 24.90" N, 91° 12' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30 Great River Rd, De Soto WI 54624, US
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