- Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, 1816-1856
Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, 1816-1856
by Mary Elise Antoine
Prairie du Chien was the first settlement on the upper Mississippi River. Aware that the United States needed to control this location, Congress authorized the construction of a post at Prairie du Chien and named it Fort Crawford. This book is an easily readable history of the first Fort Crawford and the second Fort Crawford built in 1829 and the important events that occurred at both posts. These include the building of an earlier fort during the War of 1812, the Great Council and Treaty of 1825, the Winnebago War of 1827, the 1829 and 1830 treaties, the Black Hawk War, the Winnebago School on the Yellow River, construction of the Military Road, William Beaumont and other post surgeons, the Civil War, post cemeteries, and the sites of both forts as they are today. 75 pages, 77 color and black and white illustrations.