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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

Secondly, Lyman I. Danields, a young and promising lawyer of Prairie Ronde, acted as lieutenant-colonel; as Isaac Barnes of Gull Prairie declined acting in that capacity, and also refused to proceed any further than Prairie Ronde, Danields was substituted for Barnes. Thirdly, Hosea B. Huston of Bronson acted as major. These three gentlemen were men of high respectability and much esteemed in this part of the territory. Besides these there were captains over tens and captains over twenties, and lower subalterns almost ad infinitum.
The army moved forward without any special hindrance or occurrence worthy of note until it arrived near the St. Joseph river, near the place where Niles now stands, where it made one grand magnificent halt. A COUNCIL OF WAR.

Then and there were assembled all the men of talents, of wisdom, of military skill and ripe experience in the profession of arms, also the learned artisans, the engineers, the grave philosophers, and men of letters. After consulting all the books and maps and charts, and indulging in a free, mutual interchange of ideas, opinions, and plans, the result of their grave deliberations was there and then to abandon the enterprise, and all return to their respective homes. Here the reader will ask why, that after collecting all those men, and after such an expenditure of time and money, and such great preparations for averting such a great impending calamity, should they stop at the very threshold ? That is a hard question, but if he were to ask why they ever started from their respective homes, that would be a problem of far more difficult solution than the other. We have high authority for saying that "great men are not always wise. "

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