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Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 21

Wednesday, 10 Oct. 1838 Diary of William Polke “The settlement of yesterday was concluded today, and every person engaged in the service, save the officers of the emigration, was paid up to the thirtieth. In order to allow the wagoners an opportunity of repairing their wagons, shoeing their horses and making other repairs necessary for Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 11

Diary of William Polke Wednesday, 19 Sept. 1838 “The business for which we remained yesterday in camp, is but half concluded. The sick require active treatment such as they cannot receive whilst on the march. We remain today.” “To-morrow morning most of the volunteers will be discharged, when we expect to proceed on our way. Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 12

Diary of William Polke Saturday, 22 Sept. 1838 “At 8 o’clock we left our encampment and entered the prairie at Sidney. The day was exceedingly cold. The night previous had brought us quite a heavy rain, and the morning came in cold and blustry. Our journey was immediately across the prairie, which at this point is Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 13

Diary of William Polke Monday, 24 Sept. 1838 “At 9 this morning we left Pyatt’s Point, Ill. (the encampment of yesterday) and proceeded down the Sangamon River fifteen miles, to the place of our present Encampment, Sangamon Crossing. “ “Physician reports “there have been two deaths since my last, and the situation of several of Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 14

Diary of William Polke Wednesday, 26 Sept. 1838 “Left our encampment at the crossing at 8 o’clock in the morning and proceeded on our route. The sick appear somewhat recruited. Owing to the indisposition of our physician no report has been made since Monday. We have reason to believe that the health of the camp Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 15

Diary of William Polke Saturday, 29 Sept. 1838 “In order to pass Springfield at as early an hour as possible, we rose before light, and at 8 o’clock were on our way. The Indians amongst whom a degree of pride was excited, arranged themselves into line, and with an unusual display of finery and gaudy Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 16

Diary of William Polke Monday, 1 Oct. 1838   “Early in the morning we left Island Grove—travelled over a dry prairie country, seventeen miles, we reached our encampment, near Jacksonville, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Nothing occurred during our march save that a child fell from a wagon, and was very much crushed by Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 18

Diary of William Polke Wednesday, 3 Oct. 1838 “Left Exeter encampment at a little before eight o’clock, and without any occurrence of note reached the Illinois River at about 11 – nine miles distant from last night’s camp. Preparations were made for ferrying the river, and we embarked in keel and flat boats directly after Read More »

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 20

Diary of William Polke Monday, 8 Oct. 1838 “In order to reach Quincy and forward the ferriage of the river as much as possible, parties of the emigration were detached and sent a-head at seven o’clock. At 10, a great portion of the emigrants had reached the river, seven miles from the camp of last Read More »