September 16, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 7

Diary of William Polke Thursday 13 Sept. 1838 “We commenced our journey this morning about nine o’clock, and after traveling until four this afternoon, reached the encampment […]
September 15, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 6

Diary of William Polke Wednesday, 12 Sept. 1838 “At half past 8 o’clock we struck our tents and started on the march. At 11 we reached […]
September 12, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 5

Diary of William Polke Monday, 10 Sept. 1838 “The morning was early employed in preparations for a removal. Nothing of any note occurred during the morning. […]
September 9, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 4

Diary of William Polke Sunday, 9 Sept. 1838 “Physicians came into camp today, and reported three hundred cases of sickness, generally of a temporary character, and […]
September 8, 2014

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 […]
September 5, 2014

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 […]
September 4, 2014

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 […]