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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

A HISTORY OF THE BLACK HAWK WAR OF 1832
BY HENRY LITTLE
1875

The long cold winter of 1831 had passed away, with its snow and ice and cold piercing winds, and warm lovely spring had come, with its warm balmy breezes; the gentle showers and the genial rays of the sun had infused new life and vigor into everything belonging to the animal and vegetable kingdoms. The grass had again bedecked the earth with its mantle of green; the joyous birds were pouring forth their melodious notes; the wild cock of the prairie hens, with gladsome but plaintive voice, saluted the returning mornings with his ah-nung, ah-nung, ah-nung; the prairie snipe, with long slender legs and long tapering bill and symmetrically-formed body and beautiful neck and plummage, uttered his loud, shrill, startling screams. The pioneers being animated with hopeful anticipations of the future, were diligently employed in arranging their new, rude homes.
But suddenly that bright, animating picture was eclipsed by dark shadows and portentous clouds. At that time there were a few log cabins, dotted down here and there, on the border of Gull Prairie, sometimes at a great distance from each other. Some of these cabins had been but just completed, while some of them had been there several months. At that time a small field was inclosed with a fence on the north, and a smaller one on the south side of the prairie. The most of those cabins were destitute of any kind of improvements or conveniences about them. As we looked out from our solitary abodes, there was before us one vast expanse of prairie, in its pristine desolation and solitude, without occupants, fences, roads or paths, except Indian 'trails. And there those solitary cabins stood, in their gloomy loneliness, like silent, solemn sentinels, keeping watch and ward over Nature's slumbering inanimate domain.

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