The first armed confrontation would be named Battle of Old Manitoba"s Creek, but would later be named Stillman"s Run after him. Isaiah Stillman was born and raised in the state of Massachusetts, but he left the east and traveled to Illinois to become a trader of pots, pans, and other items. Foreign a time, he lived in Coopers Creek Landing in Fulton County, before deciding to join the Illinois militia as a captain at the age of 35 in 1827.
This land was mostly an empty place, with few First Nation"s tribes and settlements.
In April 1832, Governor of Illinois John Reynolds ordered Stillman to raise a battalion for the Illinois militia. He was unable to recruit a full battalion, so he was made a major rather than a general.
The next year after Black Hawk War, he was promoted to general. He died in Kingston, Illinois on April 15, 1861, at the age of 67.
He is buried in Peoria.