Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 3

Diary of William Polke Friday, 7 Sept. 1838 “Two wagons with the thirteen persons left at Chippeway arrived in camp today. Kock-koch-kee, with his party consisting of fifteen persons, as also Co-co-ta, Che-shaw-gen, Way-wa-he-as-shuk and Pawk-shuk, with their families, making in all eighteen persons, came into camp today. A child died this morning.”

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 2

Diary of William Polke Wednesday, 5 Sept. 1838 *During the night of the 4th at the encampment at Chippeway, twenty persons affected their escape—stealing two horses from the Indians remaining behind, and have not since been heard of. “Fifty one persons were found to be unable to continue the journey, the means of transportation not Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 1

Diary of William Polke Tuesday, 4 Sept. 1838 “Left encampment at Twin Lakes at half past nine o’clock a.m. leaving behind on account of sickness of the chief San-ga-na, with his family consisting of thirteen persons, three of whom are very sick, and proceeded on our march. Messrs. Wheeler & Hopkins agree to furnish provisions Read More »