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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

The men had gone out under such flattering assurances, that their expectations were high, and they had endeavored to do their duty as good soldiers. To be thus abruptly dismissed and turned out of employment and denied all further participation in those delightful pursuits, it at once blighted all their fair hopes and bright anticipations of glory and renown. Here the reader will be curious to learn the meaning of that new and strange military movement not laid down in the books in modern times. The answer to that very reasonable inquiry is, that they had received no late or recent intelligence from the seat of war. They really knew nothing about the whereabouts, or the strength of the enemy, nor indeed that there was, or ever had been, nor that there would be any enemy. But did they have more or better information when they called all the men from their homes, than when they were dismissed ? I answer, their information was no more nor better at the first than at the second instance. While the "Prairie Battalion" was on its- way homewards, the boys viewed and reviewed the whole affair from its inception to the close of the campaign; they cussed and discussed the merits and demerits of the matter, in all its varied aspects. They gave full expression of their views and sentiments by the use of King Williams' most emphatic English, and some of them almost violated the third commandment. Once more the Prairie boys are at home again, and receive the hearty congratulations of their friends and neighbors. And once more do they resume their accustomed labors.

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