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 10, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 24

Wednesday, 24 October 1838 Diary of William Polke “This morning before leaving camp a quantity of shoes were distributed among the indigent and barefooted Indians, the […]
November 4, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 22

Saturday, 20 October Diary of William Polke “Left Chariton Encampment at eight o’clock this morning. The road was quite muddy and the air very cold. At […]
October 30, 2014

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 […]
October 28, 2014

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 […]
October 24, 2014

Chronicling the Potawatomi Trail of Death: Part 19

Diary of William Polke Saturday, 6 Oct. 1838 “At a little before eight in the morning we left the encampment of last night. During the night […]
October 22, 2014

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 […]