While Pete continues to look for the H. E. Cole image either in or borrowed from the Sauk County Historical Society, efforts aimed at elucidating the vicinity of Short's presumptive grave site may, at last, prove successful.
In addition, I believe that Short was buried where he fell; his body was probably not brought back to the militia camp, as a few persons have suggested.
I agree with Bob. He would have had to been moved across the creek and up the rather steep slope to do that.
Furthermore, Cole puts it by the base of the hill when he visited it.
Does anyone know exactly where ground=penetrating radar was used in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the grave of Pvt. Short, the only Militia KIA at Wisconsin Heights? And if someone does know roughly, or exactly where they looked, WHY did they look there?
Anyone know of any other remains found on the site at any time?
I wasn't invited to the search, although I know more about the grounds than most. It was a curiously casual affair and seemed to have some other purpose.
I can't imagine why it couldn't be found if enough time was put in. The area is, according to Cole, fairly small and at his time wouldn't be locally forgotten yet.
I did come across a newspaper clipping at the Sauk Co. HS recounting surface bones a few decades after the battle. It was the recollection of a man who played there as a boy.
I have decided that it was time for the Black Hawk War society to eveolve somewhat, so I am creating a new page, it can be viewed at blackhawkwar.webs.com/ I am looking for articles and other material for the site, so take a look if you like.
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I've always thought that the National Archives is a "Black Hole", that is difficult to dig stuff out of - sort of like the ending of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Unless the contents and information can be cataloged in some detail and is available, it can be difficult or impossible to research.
Coupled with that, the issue of where it is complicates things. NARA has regional centers, but unless things changed since I looked last, it is tough to find out just what is where.
Around 20 years ago, NARA went to outsourcing photocopying to "improve service" but did anything but that. The price soared and the helpful staff was further removed from serving researchers. I remember the days of "long distance rates" to DC!
Patents: I see a lot of these in my research around Sauk and Dane Counties and never saw a BHW one. I've seen an occasional Rev. War or 1812 one though.
I take it that starting with a roster and querying the BLO web site isn't producing results. I wonder why?
Possibly not all the vets could take advantage of it? Did getting paid have an effect on whether they could bounty land? My RW ancestor wound up with a patent in Minnesota which he promptly sold since there was no way he could pioneer land at his age. Just a thought.
The former President of the Sauk Prairie Historical Society when it was re-formed in the 1990s, and was featured in the WSJ article at the 175th ceremony in 2007. I enjoy taking tours to Wisconsin Heights.
I've been interested in the Black Hawk War for many years, probably since Wisconsin Heights is only a few miles down river from here.
I'm a land surveyor, which makes research easy, and have done some surveying work at Wisconsin Heights. I relocated the actual remains of the oak post that US Deputy Surveyor John Mullet set in October of 1832, along with the remains of one of his bearing trees. (West 1/4 corner of Section 19, T9N, R7E)
I've also run the Range Line from there north through the battle site to Hy Y, a half mile misery of prickly ash and 8' nettles then. It helped put the site on the National Register.
I've also mapped the 5 mounds in the immediate vicinity for the state.
Also worked on the site with DNR and a private archaeologist as well, and mapped the site some. Also been to the Bloody Lake site too.
I am getting back interested in the War in general, and in particular: -Just where did the Sauk cross the Wisconsin River? -What was the route from there to Bad Ax?
I'd like to talk to many of you, both on the Board and off. My email address is easily Googled up, and I like to make summer trips.
Bill Wenzel Prairie du Sac
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