Southeast Missouri men fought the Battle of the Sinkhole

By SHSMO–Cape Girardeau Associate Director Bill Eddleman

Black Hawk, a Sauk leader, fought at the Battle of the Sinkhole. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Southeast Missourian—Oftentimes we hear that the Battle of New Orleans was the last battle of the War of 1812, fought on Jan. 8, 1815, after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. However, Southeast Missouri men fought a later battle on May 24, 1815: the Battle of the Sinkhole.

During the conflict, the primary threat to Americans was not the British, but their allies the Sauk, Fox, Potawatomi, Miami, Ioway and some other American Indians. Beginning in 1812, raiders attacked isolated cabins and...