Battle Ground Cemetery
Battle Gound Cemetery is located within the village
of Stillman Valley on the south side of Highway 72. A 50-ft. high
monument marks the spot where the Battle of Stillman Run was fought
in the Blackhawk War of 1832.
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"Here on May 14, 1832 the first engagement of the Black
Hawk War took place, when 275 Illinois Militiamen under Major
Isaiah Stillman were put to flight by Black Hawk and his warriors.
So thoroughly demoralized were the Volunteers, that a new army
had to be called into the field. The presence of the Soldiers,
Statesman, Martyr, Abraham Lincoln, assisting in the burial of
the honored dead has made this spot more sacred. A large monument
erected by the Battle Ground Memorial Association of Stillman
Valley, with funds appropriated by the Forty-Second General Assembly
of Illinois, approved May 11, 1901, in memory of the Illinois
Volunteers, who fell at Stillman Run, stands overlooking the
nine burials at the cemetery."
Photos by Laverne M. Stauffer
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