Michigan and Illinois Indian Wars Service Records

This record collection in Fold3.com consists of service records of Michigan and Illinois men who served during the short-lived Winnebago Indian uprising in 1827.

The troubles began with several attacks on settlers in Winnebago territory, and escalated as would-be lead miners continued to pour onto Winnebago land. The Winnebago attempted (unsuccessfully) to enlist several neighboring tribes in their cause. An American show of force eventually led the Winnebago to concede the disputed land in exchange for annual payments from the American government.

Great Seal of the Winnebago Nation (Wi.gov photo)
Great Seal of the Winnebago Nation (Wi.gov photo)

The service records in this collection for both Illinois and Michigan volunteers typically consist of two cards: an index card, and a muster card. Information included generally consists of:

Name of commanding officer
Rank in/out

Cards for some men also provide:

Term of service
Limited campaign info

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