History of La Salle County, Illinois

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Rand, NcNally & Company, printers, 1877 - La Salle County (Ill.) - 552 pages
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Page 97 - Indians at this time were within a few paces of me, with their guns in hand, under full charge. I jumped down the bank of the creek, about twelve feet high, which considerably stunned me. At this moment the third volley was fired, the balls passing over my head, killing Norris and George, who were ahead of me and who had crossed the creek to the opposite shore. One fell in the water, the other on the opposite bank. I then passed as swiftly as possible down the stream, on the side next the Indians,...
Page 93 - Black Hawk is a woman — he is too old to be a chief — he is no Sac.' These reflections caused me to raise the war-whoop. I say no more of it ; it is known to you.
Page 98 - ... two sisters, who were missing and who, we were satisfied, had been carried away by the Indians, from signs found on their trail. We went as far as Rock river, when our provisions failed and we returned to Ottawa and laid in provisions for a second trip. I found that General Atkinson had made propositions to the Winnebago Indians, through the agent, Mr. Gratiot, to purchase my sisters, as we were fearful if we approached the Indians they would kill them to prevent their capture. We then started...
Page 93 - I am a man and you are another. We did not expect to conquer the white people. I took up the hatchet to revenge injuries, which could no longer be borne. Had I borne them longer, my people would have said, Black Hawk is a squaw; he is too old to be a chief. He is no Sac.
Page 96 - So, after hiding all our heavy property, and loading the remainder and the family on to the wagon, we started for Ottawa, meeting Mr. Davis, who had been at Ottawa the day before, and had learned that a company had gone out in a northerly direction to learn of the Indian movements, and would report on their return in case of danger. My father was prevailed on by Davis to abandon his retreat, and stop at Davis
Page 97 - ... Indians had jumped the fence and were making towards me. Mr. Davis was running in a northeast direction toward the timber; he looked back and said, "Take care;" he had his gun in his hand. " 'I at this time discovered quite a number of the Indians on horseback, in the edge of the woods, as though they were guarding the house to prevent any escape. Then it flashed into my mind that I would try to save myself. I think there were sixty or eighty Indians. I immediately turned toward the creek, which...
Page 137 - The first crop was mostly corn, planted by cutting a gash into the inverted sod, dropping the corn, and closing it by another blow alongside the first. Or, it was dropped...
Page 93 - ... have buried the tomahawk, and the sound of the rifle will hereafter only bring death to the deer and the buffalo. Brother, you have treated the red men very kindly. Your squaws have made them presents, and you have given them plenty to eat and drink. The memory of your friendship will remain till the Great Spirit says it is time for Black Hawk to sing his deathsong.
Page 97 - ... for Ottawa, through the prairie, and overtook Mr. Henderson, who started ahead of me, and we went together till we got within four miles of Ottawa, where we fell in with Mr. Howard and son, three sons of Mr. Davis and my two brothers, all of whom were in the field referred to except one of Mr. Davis' sons, who was with us in the shop when the alarm was given and who immediately left when he heard the cry of Indians. We all went to Ottawa together and gave the alarm. " 'During the night we raised...
Page 96 - On the 20th day of May myself and dear father were at work under a shed adjoining a blacksmith shop on the west side next to the dwelling house. Mr. Davis and Norris were at work in the shop, Henry George and William Davis, Jr., were at work on a mill dam, a little south of the shop. It being a very warm day, in the afternoon some one brought a bucket of water from the spring to the shop, and we all went into the shop a few minutes to rest and quench our thirst. At this time John H. Henderson, Edward...

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