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One of the worst massacres took place in IL what place did it take place in IL?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When are you talking about?

    For example, the St. Valentines Day Massacre (gang slaying) took place in Chicago during the depression. Really fun research into that one -- lots of movies on it too!

    Going back further, there were Mormon massacres in Nauvoo, IL in the 1840s. Is that what you are talking about? Less available on this, but you can read "Nauvoo, Kingdom on Mississippi" by Robert Bruce Flanders.

    There have been lots of massacres in Illinois. How far back are you talking, and what is the subject?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    On May 20, 1832, a group of settlers living six miles north of Ottawa, Illinois, along the Indian Creek, were attacked by a raiding party of Native Americans. Fifteen settlers, including women and children, were massacred.


    The attack may gave been spurred by the recent provocations of a Kentuckian settler named William Davis. He was a blacksmith and a mill operator. Davis dammed the Indian Creek, a vital source of food to a nearby Indian village, as well as committing other transgressions on them.

    At the same time, the Black Hawk War had recently begun in Illinois. The Battle of Stillman's Run, fought on May 14, proved to be a victory for Black Hawk's band over the Illinois Militia. This event may have encouraged the assault at Indian Creek.


    After the battle at Stillman's Run, rumors of an attack on white settlers became widespread. The settlement at the Indian Creek had ample cause to evacuate, but William Davis, among others, convinced the inhabitants to stay.

    Around forty Indians attacked the settlement on the afternoon of May 20. Most of the men, working in the fields, fled, leaving the women and children to fend for themselves. The cabins were stormed and the inhabitants killed. Two young women, Rachel and Sylvia Hall, were taken prisoner and later released on June 2. William Davis was counted among the dead.

    It is believed that Potawatomi Indians, along with three Sauk Indians, were responsible. There is no evidence that Black Hawk sanctioned the massacre; however, he had some alliance with the Potawatomi. The prisoners ended up in the care of the Winnebagos until ransomed.


    Family or individual Number

    Davis 6

    Hall 3

    Pettigrew 4

    Henry William

    George (or Robert) Norris

    The killings triggered mass hysteria in the white population nearby. People abandoned settlements and sought refuge inside military forts, such as Fort Dearborn in Chicago.

    As a result, the Illinois Militia, along with Federal troops, redoubled its efforts, continuing the relentless pursuit of Black Hawk's band. The war would end at the Battle of Bad Axe and the massacre of three hundred Indians.

    After the war, three Potawatomi were charged with committing murder during the Indian Creek massacre, but since witnesses failed to identify them as participants, they were released.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Chicago 11/5/06 Dolphins vs. Bears

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Elaborate a little. There's no way to know what you're referring to . Thanks.

    EDIT* - We've given you ample opportunity to ELABORATE..

    If you want people to help you with your questions, then you need to help us with your questions. Otherwise don't expect much help in the future.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Either John Wayne Gacy or the Starved Rock murders...Do your own homework kid, you learn more that way..

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