Congratulations! You are taking part of an exploration of the sites along the Black Hawk Trail. The first comprehensive research and collection of oral histories from participants in the war took place 1882 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conflict. Since then, various efforts to documents the major battles, forts and the path of the participants have been attempted. The MAP page list out specific areas to visit. We will be adding more content as we have documented GPS coordinates, pictures, and travel advice for all the ares of interest on the trail.
Did you know - the future President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, has a small but important role in the Black Hawk War? Following Black Hawk's surrender and imprisonment, a young Jefferson Davis oversaw Black Hawk's imprisonment at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. At the conclusion of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at the same facility for two years.
Historic Tours and Interpretive Museums
- Hoard Musuem and Dairy Shrine, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
- Black Hawk State Historic Site, in Rock Island, Illinois and the John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life
- Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, Platteville, Wisconsin