Blue Mounds Fort

Blue Mounds Fort (HMNO6)

Location: Blue Mounds, WI 53517 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 0.909', W 89° 49.6'

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The onset of the Black Hawk War in northwestern Illinois in April, 1832 triggered panic in southwestern Wisconsin's lead mining region, prompting erection of over a dozen stockades. On an open prairie knoll 3/4 mile south of this marker, area miners and settlers who became part of Col. Henry Dodge's militia built Blue Mounds Fort. Here the Hall sisters, survivors of the Indian Creek massacre, were released for ransom through Winnebago intercession. W.G. Aubrey, George Force and Emerson Green died in ambush attacks near the stockade. After the Battle of Wisconsin Heights, troops regrouped here. Despite repeated surrender attempts, Black Hawk's band of Sac and Fox Indians was virtually annihilated at the junction of the Bad Axe and Mississippi Rivers August 2. Thus ended one Native American group's efforts to escape the tragic consequences of white settlement.

The heirs of Col. Ebenezer Brigham donated a portion of the Fort site to the State Historical Society in 1921.
HM NumberHMNO6
Series This marker is part of the Black Hawk War series, and the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series.
Marker Number29
Year Placed1992
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 269653 N 4766375
Decimal Degrees43.01515000, -89.82666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 0.909', W 89° 49.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 0' 54.54" N, 89° 49' 36.00" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10000-10194 Co Hwy Id, Blue Mounds WI 53517, US
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