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or, Captain W. S. Harney, and others of my brave and generous comrades of those days. In this campaign Lieutenant Davis was thrown with two remarkable men. Colonel Boone, a son of the celebrated Daniel Boone, and Major Jesse Bean, the courage and integrity of both of whom was above question. They were noted for their thorough knowledge of woodcraft which was of inestimable service to their companions in arms. Of the two Colonel Boone was the superior in the matter of education, and his acquired knowledge was supplemented by a sixth sense-a faculty for finding water. He would often turn off suddenly in another direction from the one in which they had questioned he simply said, the water must be there. Jesse Bean was a man of a different mould; but though he had not received the educational advantages of Colonel Boone, the exigencies of frontier life and his natural capacity had made up for the deficiency. Lieutenant Davis used often to talk to Major Bean about the phenome
Chapter 12: Fort Gibson. Lieutenant Davis and Major Boone.-engagement at Stillman's run.-battle of Bad Axe.-end of the Black Hawk War. The watchfulness, capacity, and bravery of these two men contributed largely to the success of the campaign which would otherwise have proved disastrous to them on account of the want of provisions and the inexperience of the troops. It was here that Lieutenant Davis first observed that very few men could live upon animal food alone. This and other hardships compelled Major Boone to establish a camp for the sick at one time, and go on with only such as were more seasoned to deprivation. At one time, of these tried veterans there were only two, besides Lieutenant Davis, in his company who were able, for the necessary hunt, to procure meat for the others, and the horses suffered little less than the men. The Indians of the prairies were a new experience to the frontiersmen who had been accustomed to ambuscades for their enemies. With the