Black Hawk War Veterans of Peoria County
Here are a few tombstones
of Black Hawk War Veterans
that I have found so far in Peoria County. If you have any pictures
that you would like to share, please email me anytime!
Thank you kindly!
James J. Adams is buried in the Walker Cemetery
Avery Dalton is buried in the Elmwood Township Cemetery
Wait Honsinger is buried in the Elmwood Township Cemetery
David Ridgway is buried in Lowman Cemetery
in Runnels, Iowa
The biography and photo was submitted by Brock Ridgway
Abner Harkness Smith is buried in the
Since Americans began to occupy the land of the Peorias in the Spring of 1819, three wars have disturbed the peaceful pursuits of the country — the Black Hawk war of 1832, the Mexican war in 1846-7, and the war of the rebellion, 1861-5. In each of these conflicts the sons of Peoria sustained a gallant and conspicuous part.
When, on the 6th day of April, 1832, Black Hawk and his followers invaded Illinois from Iowa, there were only seventy-five men in Peoria county, subject to military duty. When this work was commenced it was hoped that the names of these men could be obtained from the old muster rolls, but the hope was a vain one. There are no papers among the county records on which their names were preserved, and a letter of inquiry was addressed to the Adjutant-General of the State, at Springfield, and another to the Adjutant-General's office at Washington, and their names were not to be found on any records at either place.
Having thus exhausted all official sources of information, recourse was had to the memory of Mr. John Stringer, of Kickapoo township, who was a corporal in the Peoria company that served for two months or sixty days in the second campaign against Black Hawk and his forces, who furnishes the following names from among the seventy-five subject to military duty at that time:
Caldwell, John W.
Johnson, John, Sr.
Langworthy, Dr. Augustus
Stillman, Henry B.
Smith, W. M.
Van Tassel, Alonzo.
Out of the number of men liable to military duty, a company of fifty men was raised under the call of Governor Reynolds for troops to defend the State. As far as remembered, this company was officered as follows:
Abner Eads, captain; William Stewart, first lieutenant; John W. Caldwell, second lieutenant; John Hinkle, orderly sergeant; John Stringer, corporal; Stephen Carroll, flag bearer; Asahel Langworthy, surgeon.
This company, a part of the time, was assigned to guard the country between Peoria and the Mississippi and Rock rivers. It was present at the Stillman's Run affair, and among the last to leave that field of disaster.
The men with horses and guns were allowed one dollar per day. They were mustered out in the early part of June, 1832, and were paid off in January or February, 1833. (The History of Peoria County, Illinois, 1880, page 351-352, submitted by Janine Crandell)
Here is a list of additional names gleaned from the Illinois State Archives database. For more detailed information (brigade, regiment, and company information) about these Black Hawk Veterans, please visit the Illinois State Archives database of Military Veterans.
CONNER, JOSEPH H.
DODGE, JOHN B.
JONES, EDWIN S.
OWEN, JOHN C.
REED, THOMAS B.
TEMPLIN, THOMAS M.
THURMAN, JOHNSON T.
WOOD, WILLIAM L.
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