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The council broke up without any definite agreement, but in a letter to General George W. Jones, Mr. Davis said, many years afterward: It was in consequence of the council held at Rock Island that Black Hawk went to the west side of the Mississippi. When, in 1832, he returned to the east side of the river, it was regarded as a violation of the agreement of the previous year, and as indicating a purpose to repeat his claim to the village of Rock River. This led to the expedition under Stillman, and that inaugurated the war of 1832. In 1831 the Sauks sent a war party against the Sioux, and this breach of peace they feared would bring upon them punishment by the United States; such, at least, was then understood to be the cause of their abandonment of their settlement at the lead mines of Dubuque. This encounter between General Gaines and Black Hawk is a reminder of one in which the general was equally unfortunate in his intercourse with the dignitaries of the Sac nation. T
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 h the enemy were not disposed to pursue us. The Indians had fifty men, of whom they lost six, and were hampered with impedimenta, in a conflict with four hundred well-armed troops, in which the Sacs were the victors. The engagement was known as Stillman's run. Mr. Davis remarked, after describing this conflict to a friend from Iowa, that he had never known anything to compare with the gallantry of the Indians on that occasion. Had such a thing been attempted and accomplished by a handful o