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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

and oversee all their operations, and almost fancied that he was monarch of the whole realm. But as soon as the clock struck one, the poor little timid mouse had lost all his great high-mightiness, and was so frightened that "down he run. " But there was no threatening or alarming demonstrations to frighten those brave soldiers at the St. Jo. unless it was their own want of foresight and discretion.
GRAND REVIEW.
Upon reviewing that grand army as it was encamped on the bank of the beautiful St. Jo., we found that it consisted principally, of farmers, who with time and good opportunities, would make first rate soldiers, but were then nothing but raw recruits. The greater part of them were on foot, and the others were on horseback, their horses being equipped and caparisoned in the most primitive and grotesque style imaginable. The men were armed, some with rifles, some with muskets, some with shot-guns, and some had no shooting iron of any kind. They had no wagons nor any camp utensils or implements. They had no ammunition, nor provisions, nor blankets, nor clothing, except what each man had on or about his person, which they had hastily snatched up when leaving home, with small additions to their meagre outfit at Prairie Ronde. Before them rolled the broad, deep St. Jo., without any means of crossing it, except by swimming, unless they could borrow the small canoe kept at the missionary station near by. Beyond the St. Jo. laid an unknown wilderness of timber, of prairie, of swamps, and marshes, and rivers. There were no roads, they had no guides,

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