conflict of orders between the United States
authorities and those emanating from Captain Lincoln
or some other Illinois
officer — as at one time was threatened -we need not be told to which side the Sangamon county
company to a man would have gone.
A general order
forbidding the discharge of firearms within fifty yards of the camp was disobeyed by Captain Lincoln
For this violation of rule he was placed under arrest and deprived of his sword for a day. But this and other punishments in no way humiliated him in the esteem of his men; if anything, they only clung the closer, and when Clary's Grove friendship asserted itself, it meant that firm and generous attachment found alone on the frontier — that bond, closer than the affinity of blood, which becomes stronger as danger approaches death.
A soldier of the Sangamon county
company broke into the officers' quarters one night, and with the aid of a tomahawk and four buckets, obtained by stealth a good supply of wines and liquors' which he generously distributed to his appreciative comrades.
The next morning at daybreak, when the army began to move, the Sangamon county
company, much to their captain's astonishment, were unfit for the march.
Their nocturnal expedition had been too much for them, and one by one they fell by the wayside, until but a mere handful remained to keep step with their gallant and astounded captain.
Those who fell behind gradually overcame the effects of their carousal, but were hard pressed to overtake the command, and it was