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Historical Society hosts talk on Battle of Wisconsin Heights

 

February 7, 2019



Black Earth Historical Society is hosting Patrick J. Jung at their annual meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2-3 p.m. at 1022 Blue Mounds Street, Black Earth.

After a brief business meeting, Jung will present a program on the history of The Battle of Wisconsin Heights. He graduated with his doctoral degree in U.S. History in 1997 and has worked as a professor of history and anthropology at Milwaukee School of Engineering since 2003. Jung has authored several books including The Black Hawk War of 1832 (University of Oklahoma Press 2007) and The Battle of Wisconsin Heights, 1832: Thunder on The Wisconsin (The History Press, 2011).

The Battle of Wisconsin Heights occurred on July 21, 1832. It was the most significant battle of the Black Hawk War, which occurred during the spring and summer of 1832 and constituted the last

Indian war fought in Wisconsin and Illinois.

The battle occurred by chance when

militia forces under the command of

Colonel Henry Dodge stumbled upon the

path of the Sauk war leader Black Hawk,

who was attempting to flee with about one thousand of his followers westward toward

the Mississippi River and return to the lands

of the Sauk and Mesquakie tribes. The

militia forces under Dodge caught up with

Black Hawk and his band at a point of high

ground known today as Wisconsin Heights.

Black Hawk fought a delaying action so his

people could cross the Wisconsin River, and

while the militiamen under Dodge claimed victory, the battle actually resulted in something of a draw. Nevertheless, Black Hawk’s band was already in great distress after three months of fighting, and in the next few weeks his band slowly began to disintegrate. Black Hawk and his people were completely defeated two weeks later at the Battle of Bad Axe along the Mississippi River.

Patrick J. Jung graduated with his doctoral degree in United States history in 1997. He has worked as a professor of history and anthropology at the Milwaukee School of Engineering since 2003. He is the author of The Black Hawk War of 1832 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), The Battle of Wisconsin Heights, 1832: Thunder on the Wisconsin (The History Press, 2011), and, along with late Dr. Nancy Lurie, Curator Emerita of the Milwaukee Public Museum, the co-author of The Nicolet Corrigenda: New France Revisited (Waveland Press, 2009). His most recent work is The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet: Understanding the 1634 Journey (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2018).

 
 

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