The Black Hawk War took place in 1831/1832. But here is some of the text behind it.
What caught my eye is a Louis Bennet of Peoria (Illinois) who is with Joseph Bailly.
this may be our Louis Bennet Beaubien (the elder). As this text is from 1814/1815..
which is just after the war of 1812. Both Louis Bennet Beaubiens Sr. and Jr. are only
on mackinac Island on and off. I see one of them in the 1820 census records, I dont’ see
them at all in 1840….and Louis Bennet Beabien jr. dies in 1846 at the age of 44. This
excpert would have to involve Louis Bennet Beaubien sr. The full article can be found at
which includes the document in its entirity.
Emboldened by his successes, Black Hawk continued his warfare, and
in the murder of inoffensive settlers there was no abatement. Through
the year 1814 they continued, and notwithstanding the treaty made between
the two nations, we find the English agents and Black Hawk still pursuing
their depredations in the spring of 1815.
“Traitors. — The undernamed gentry were residents within this and the neigh-
boring territories previous to the war, and always claimed the rights of citizens of
the United States ; but as soon as war was declared they, to a man, took part against
us, and were active agents in the British interest in different parts of the Indian
“Robert Dickson, James Aird, Duncan Graham, Francois Boutillier. Edward
La Gouthrie, Brishois, of the Prairie dn Chicn, Jacob Franks, the brothers Grigneaus
‘Copy of letter to Gen. Howard, Niles Res.. Sup. to Vol.
MA.T. ZACHARY TAYLOR. GEN. ANDREW .lACKSON.
GOV. NINIAN EDWARDS. GEX. lOI! GOV.) WILLIAM CLARK.
THE BLACK HAWK WAR. 55
of Green Bay, Joseph La Croix and Lassaillier of Milwaukee, Joseph Bailly and
his cousin Barrott of St. Josephs, Mitchell La Croix. Louis Buisson, Louis Benett,
formerly of Peoria.
“It is ascertained that in the unsuccessful attack made by the unfortunate
Lieut. M’Nair, four men were killed. M’Nair was wounded and taken prisoner
and conveyed two days on his march to Rock River ; but, being unable to travel,
was tomahawked. A man taken up from the river at Carondelet a few days ago
was recognized to be one of the four missing of the name of Best.
“By late news from Rock River, we learn that the Kickapoos have abandoned
the British and demanded peace, agreeably to the treaty. It is further said that
the Sacs, Winnebagoes and Fallsavoine are determined to prosecute the war.’”
Here, long after the treaty of Ghent, signed December 24th, 1814,
Black Hawk formulated and made his dastard attack on Fort Howard,
known as the “sink hole affair.” Note how puerile, yea, preposterous,
his adopted son fiction appears in the light of contemporaneous reports
and his continued war upon the Americans ! This affair, unprovoked
and mean, occurred in May, 1815, and I take the liberty to copy the account
of it as published immediately after its occurrence.
“St. Louis, May 20 (1815). — Every day affords a new proof that the Rock
River Sacks intend to continue the war. They have been notified of the pacification
by the military, commander of this district, as well as by Governors Clark and
Edwards ; yet they still continue their war parties on the frontiers of St. Charles,
and murder all those who are so unfortunate as to come within their reach.