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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

It was there on the banks of the St. Jo. that they made many valuable discoveries that they failed to make elsewhere. They discovered their pitiable destitution of all the means and appliances so necessary for a successful prosecution off such a gigantic enterprise. They discovered that they could not discover the enemy that they so ardently desired to discover; they also found themselves, or came to themselves (or rather their reason came to them). The prodigal son, "when he came to himself, " turned square about and went directly home; had he neglected to do so he would have starved. And so with our brave warriors; as soon as their reason returned to them they resolved to return home, well knowing that if they remained long in that wilderness they, too, would starve unless they were miraculously fed with manna and quails from heaven as were the Israelites. There they also found wisdom and understanding, and discretion, and prudence. It was these important discoveries and acquisitions that gave such a powerful impulse to their right-about-face movements. That homeward movement was certainly one wise act, if indeed it was their only one. But was it necessary to raise such an army and to expend so much time and money, and to march that army to the St. Jo. simply to obtain that information? Surely it was, unless it could be obtained in some other way.

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