Battle of Credit Island anniversary planned
DAVENPORT — This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Credit Island in Davenport, as part of the War of 1812.
The Battle of Credit Island on Sept. 4-5, 1814, was one of the westernmost and last battles of the War of 1812. The British were allied with the Native Americans, including Sauk warrior Blackhawk. The Americans were under the command of Maj. Zachary Taylor, the future president.
The Americans anchored on nearby Pelican Island, while the British troops under the direction of Lt. Duncan Graham were on Credit Island with the Native Americans at the established trading post. The next day, the Americans were surprised and outnumbered. Three months later, the war was over.
The public is invited to the bicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Credit Island Aug. 30. The memorial marker dedication and presentation about the battle begins at 10 a.m. at 2200 W. River Drive.
The free, bicentennial events begins at 8:30 a.m. with a guided nature walk on the island.
Starting at 9 a.m., exhibitor booths, historical information panels and bounce houses open. Then at noon, Lightning Stick Lacrosse will give a lacrosse demonstration. Lacrosse is the oldest game in North America, and is making a comeback in Dakota communities.
For information, visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks.
Credit Island History
Credit Island is a large, 420-acre island in the Mississippi River. In the 1890s an amusement park opened on the island. In 1904 the name was changed to Suburban Island because the passenger railroad ran to the island. In 1918 the City of Davenport bought the island. Currently Credit Island is a community park.