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 […]
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 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 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 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 18, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 8

Diary of William Polke Friday, 14 Sept. 1838 “Left Lagrange encampment at an early hour and proceeded at a quick pace on our journey—passing over a […]
September 22, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death – Part 9

Diary of William Polke Saturday, 15 Sept. 1838 “Early on this morning we were on our way, and travelled without interruption unit 12 o’clock. When we […]
October 8, 2014

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 […]
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 […]