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History of the Butterfly, Part 85: Reynolds in the War of 1812

John Reynolds relates some of his early history, which included the murder of one of his neighbors by Indians.  He also relates information about some atrocities committed by the Indians early in the war. However, he also relates, apparently with … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 71: The Treaty of Ghent

Black Hawk and his British allies won the significant battles over the territory along the Mississippi River.  Then in December of 1814, the British and Americans signed the Treaty of Ghent.  The treaty granted the nations and tribes all of … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 70: Credit Island

In September of 1814 another battle occurred on a different island in the Mississippi, Credit Island.  Major Zachary Taylor was sent up the river with a force of 430 troops and eight boats, with orders to destroy Saukenuk and the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 68: The Second Expedition

Meese’s description of the events was based on Black Hawk’s autobiography and on written accounts of some of the participants in the battle.

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History of the Butterfly, Part 66: The Fall of Fort Madison

The Native American groups, including Black Hawk, laid siege to Fort Madison for a number of weeks.  At some point while the siege continued Black Hawk left for a while.  After a number of weeks of being under a fairly … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 65: Black Hawk, Fort Madison, and the Shawnee Prophet

More from the Autobiography of Black Hawk (Jackson, 1955) “Soon after our return from fort Madison, runners came to our village from the Shawnee Prophet, (whilst others were dispatched by him to the villages of the Winnebagoes, with invitations for … Continue reading

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