bed by the British, who did not want any settlement there, lest it should revert to America, and become a stronghold against invasion by them.
The Illini, or Illinois Confederacy, consisted of five tribes — the Kaskaskias, Cahokies, Peorians, Temorias, and Michiganians-and were numbered by the Jesuits, in 1745, at four thousanitia troops, and he thought it best to impress the Indians with his overwhelming forces, that he might avoid bloodshed.
He therefore called upon the Governor of Illinois for the militia.
Sixteen hundred mounted men answered the call; but in the night the whole village crossed the river and raised the white flag, and the forces tScott, when a young man, was stationed at Fort Snelling-at that day perhaps the remotest military outpost in the country.
When the Black Hawk War was begun some Illinois militia companies proffered their services.
Two lieutenants were sent by Scott to Dixon, Ill., to muster the new soldiers.
One of these lieutenants was a very