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The History of the Butterfly, Part 114: Indian Agent Street

“Indian Agents” were individuals who were authorized to interact with various Indian tribes on behalf of the federal government. Prior to the Black Hawk War, the Indian Agent most prominent in dealings with the Sauk and Fox was William Forsyth.  … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 99: The Survivors and Keokuk

Black Hawk knew he was defeated and attempted to negotiate a surrender on May 13, 1832, in the event that later became known as “The Battle of Stillman’s Run.”  After that event came a series of skirmishes and battles as … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 97: Wakefield’s Version of Stillman’s Run

As you might imagine, not everyone remembered the battle the same way.  Major John Wakefield participated in the same battle, and he remembers it a little bit differently (see Stevens, 1907): And here is a portrait of Major John Wakefield … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 94: The Black Hawk War

A number of events led up to the tragedy that was called the Black Hawk War of 1832.  First there was the disputed treaty of 1804.  Although the treaty was laughable and not recognized by a significant number of the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 84: Another Autobiography

John Reynolds was the fourth governor of Illinois.  He was instrumental in the Black Hawk War.  In fact, his actions may have caused it. What is it about autobiographies that brings out the ego?  John Reynold’s autobiography is entitled:  My … Continue reading

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