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THE BLACK HAWK WAR
& Branch County
In 1832, Michigan men again answered the call to arms. This
time it was for an Indian war--the Blackhawk War. Michigan played only a small
part in this campaign but did call out and order to service a regiment of
militia that included the First Regiment of Michigan Militia, the Detroit City
Guards, and a company of mounted volunteers (dragoons).
The troops never saw combat, however. Exposure and the hardship of the march to the Mississippi River, coupled with an outbreak of the Asiatic cholera, took a heavy toll. Sickness and some deaths were reported.
The Black Hawk War was the last campaign in which the Detroit City Guards participated.
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