Apple River Fort hosts March 22 discussion of the Black Hawk War

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ELIZABETH, Ill. — Dr. Patrick Jung, author and history professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will present “Fire along the Mos-co-ho-co-y-nak: The Battle of the Apple River Fort During the Black Hawk War, 1832” at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Highland West campus, 330 N. West St., Elizabeth, Ill. A $5 suggested donation will benefit the Apple River Fort Foundation.

The 45-minute siege of the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Ill., resulted in light casualties on both sides. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating story that continues to be an integral component of the lore of the Black Hawk War.

Mos-co-ho-co-y-nak” is what Black Hawk used to refer to the Apple River. It resembles the Sauk word “meshkochêpihki,” which is the plural of the word “apple tree.”

Dr. Jung’s book, The Black Hawk War of 1832, can be reserved by calling the Fort at (815) 858-2028. The price is $20, and a portion will benefit the Apple River Fort Foundation. Dr. Jung will sign copies after the lecture.

Jung is the author of The Black Hawk War of 1832 and the co-author of The Nicolet Corrigenda: New France Revisited. His most recent book is another study of the Black Hawk War titled The Battle of Wisconsin Heights: Thunder on the Wisconsin.

Administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 206 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Ill., is a reconstruction of the 1830s civilian fort that was the site of a battle during the Black Hawk War. It is along U.S. Route 20 in Elizabeth, Ill., and is open for free public tours. For more information, visit or

Posted March 19, 2014

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