The marker is located in the cemetery on IL Route 72 on the west side of the town of Stillman Valley, which is four miles east of the Rock River. The marker is directly south of the twelve graves of the Illinois militia who died there.
State of Illinois
Here, on May 14, 1832, the first engagement of the Black Hawk War took place, when 275 Illinois militiamen under Maj. 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.
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