Imagine if you would a band of fifteen hundred men, women, children, and elderly, with no more than five hundred warriors terrorizing an entire frontier. That’s what happened after the battle of Stillman’s run.
Common sense should have given politicians, and military leaders pause to think. Instead, Illinois Governor John Reynolds called out twenty-five hundred Illinois militia to serve beside the one thousand regular troops already in the field.
The entire frontier was spooked by the bugaboo of an Indian uprising, but they didn’t stop to think what they were faced with.
Black Hawk never had over five hundred braves in the field, most often it was half of that number or less. They were weighed down with their camp followers of women, children, and elderly.