December 18, 2014

The Trail of Death

Each year, in the first week of September, my newsfeed and inbox fills with stories and press releases about the Potawatomi Trail of Death. The articles […]
December 18, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 33

Saturday, 10 Nov. 1838 Diary of William Polke “The settlements with the teamsters and officers were concluded today.Tomorrow we set out for home every thing having […]
December 18, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 32

Wednesday, 7 Nov. 1838 Diary of William Polke “Travelled from Bulltown encampment to McLean’s Grove, a distance of twenty five miles. It had snowed the night […]
December 8, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 31

Monday, 5 Nov. 1838 Diary of William Polke “The day was consumed in making settlements with the officers. During the afternoon a considerable number of the […]
December 5, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 30

Saturday, 3 Nov. 1838 Diary of William Polke “At an early hour we left our encampment at Oak Grove, and travelled until two o’clock when we […]
December 4, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 29

Wednesday, 31 Oct. 1838 Diary of William Polke “Left encampment this morning at half after seven o’clock—the company under Capt. Hull being attached to the emigration—and […]
November 25, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 27

Saturday, 27 Oct. 1838 Diary of William Polke “At sunrise the ferry boats were busily plying from shore to shore. As fast as the emigrants reached […]
November 24, 2014

Chronicling the Trail of Death: Part 26

Monday, 29 Oct. 1838 Diary of William Polke “At eight o’clock we resumed our journey—the morning being delightful and fine for travelling. At 12 we reached […]
November 13, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Letter from Benjamin Marie Petit to Bishop Brute, November 13, 1838

This letter was taken from “The Trail of Death, Letters of Benjamin Marie Petit” by Irving McKee, the Indiana Historical Society, v. 14 (1941), p. 97-101. […]