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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin

History of Green County,   pp. [9]-64 PDF (10.7 MB)

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History of Green Counly. 
Fort Union, near Dodgeville; Fort Jackson, at Mineral 
Point; Fort Defiance, five miles south-east of Mineral 
Point; Mound Fort, at Blue Mounds; Funk's Fort, near 
Gratiot's Grove; and Fort Hamilton, at Wiota. Other 
forts were at Platteville and White Oak Springs. Most 
of the forts were simply yards, with close fences made 
,of upright, ten-foot slabs. There were houses in the 
yards to which settlers removed their families and house- 
hold goods. It is the opinion of Mr. 0. H. P. Clarno 
that the worst of the war was inside the forts. The 
children of the various families were soon arrayed 
against each other in a struggle in which an armistice 
was a thing unknown, and the mothers not only assisted 
them, but also engaged in such hostilities on their own 
account that a dispute as to the ownership of a frying- 
pan has sometimes been known to lead to the conversion 
of that pacific utensil into a weapon of war. 
This is not the place for a detailed account of the 
war, for none of its battles were fought within the limits 
of Green County; and the departures of the settlers of 
Exeter and Clarno to places of safety are elsewhere 
described. Galena and all the villages of Iowa County 
furnished volunteers; and, after a few engagements, 
Black Hawk's forces were overpowered, and he himself 
was taken prisoner before the arrival of Gen. Scott, 
who, in eighteen days (a rapidity of travel that was 
thought remarkable), had transported nine companies of 
artillery from the seaboard around the lakes to Chicago. 
But the soldiers escaped the tomahawk of the Indians 
only to become the victims of that equally relentless foe, 

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