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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

THE GRAND ARMY MOVES. Soon the organization and arrangements are completed and the all auspicious moment arrived for the departure of the grand army of the Peninsula, and it took up its line of march for the seat of war. Yes, it had at last really embarked upon an untried and an unknown expedition, the results of which no one but a prophet could safely predict. It was expected to be a hazardous enterprise, to be characterized by perilous and daring adventures, of hand-to-hand, encounters with ferocious savages, by heroic deeds, by marvelous achievements, and by long and patient endurance of fatigue and privations and sufferings known only to soldiers. In short the whole of the vast preparation was for war, and they meant war, real, glorious, bloody war to the very hilt. There was to be no backing out at that time, but that grand army of the great Peninsula, of the great Territory of Michigan, had then commenced one grand triumphant march against all opposing foes, and whose astonishing exploits would crown those brave heroes with glory and renown, the record of which will be read with wonder and indescribable satisfaction by future generations. All the marvelous achievements of all the great, great generals and conquerors of ancient and modern times were now to be totally eclipsed. Even the humble historian, when he witnessed those grand and sublime scenes and recorded those interesting facts, felt his bosom swell with the emotion of pride and ineffable satisfaction. The leaders of that army of between one and two hundred men (being the same more or less) were first, David B. Brown of Prairie Ronde, who acted in the capacity of colonel. Dr. Brown was a practicing physician and surgeon, and had risen to eminence and notoriety in his profession.

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