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 Chief Blackhawk
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Chief Blackhawk

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 3 Oct 1838 (aged 70–71)
Davis County, Iowa, USA
Cenotaph Selma, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 2625 · View Source
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American Sauk Indian Leader. Born at Saukenuk, Illinois, he was not one of the Sauk's hereditary civil chiefs, but he came to status by leading war parties as a young man. During the War of 1812, he fought on the side of the British and led a band of Sauk and Fox warriors, in the Black Hawk War of 1832. After the war, he was captured and taken to Washington D.C. where he toured the east, met President Andrew Jackson, Secretary of War Lewis Cass and left behind an enduring legacy through many eponyms with other tributes. He died at age 70 in Saukenuk, Illinois. After his death James Turner a local dentist, stole his corpse, cooked off the flesh in a hog-scalding kettle and prepared to exhibit the skeleton. Iowa Territory Governor Robert Lucas insisted on the remains returned and with the permission of Black Hawk's sons, the remains were held by the Burlington Geological and Historical Society. A fire destroyed both office and bone remains in 1855. In honor of his memory a bronze plaque was placed in the Iowaville Cemetery Selma, Iowa.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2625
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief Blackhawk (1767–3 Oct 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2625, citing Iowaville Cemetery, Selma, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .