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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Clary, Royal. 'Royal Clary (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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Lincoln boarded with Kelso: Knew Rowan Herndon & Jas. Herndon — were merchandising in N. Salem — They sold to Trent and Trent [1] to Lincoln — Jim Herndon sold to Trent & Row Herndon to Lincoln — sold out in 1832 & 1833. Lincoln & Berry sold goods — Green Kept grocery in the other end of the house — There were about 15 houses in N. Salem. Jack Armstrong and others did roll down a man or men down the hill at N.S. Old man Jourdon agreed to be rolled down the hill for a gallon of whiskey — Lincoln stopt it.

I went to the Black Hawk War: Lincoln was my Captain — : I joined at Beardstown — was drafted twice — escaped & still Volunteered — was 18 years old — They rendesvoused at Beardstown — Bill Kirkpatrick — he was our Quarter master. We were all mounted men — passed near Rushville — Encamped there 2 nights — Elected our officers — Col & Maj. Sam Thompson was our Col & Achilles Morris Major — passed near Macomb — thence in the north western direction to the Yellow Banks — Oquawgy is now near that place. Heare we drew provisions — it was on the Misssippi River — staid there 2 or 3 days. Whitesides was General. Buckmaster & Semple were his aids — We volunteered for 30 — I think: it may be 60 — The discharges, called for 48 days — We left the Yellow Banks — and went to Rock Island — Rock River & Island was all called one thing — Atchinson [2] took Command at Rock River. The Governor — Reynolds was with us & discharged when the time Expired. Atchchinson took Command at Rock Island. Rock Island — Fort Armstrong was 5 from Rock river. Atchinson belonged to the U.S. Army. We went from Rock Island for Dixon on the south side of Rock River — south side — on the Indian trail. This was about the 1st of May — I volunteered about 15 April. We stopt at Dixon about 5 days — waited for provisions to come up Rock River in boats — two boats — Here we met Stillman [3] with his squad a battalion. We had Captured 2 Indians, & it was Said we were within about 20 miles of Black Hawk: He — Stillman — went out reconnoitering — got scared — got badly whipt — for his rashness — Stillmans defeat took place about the 14th day of May in what the Indians Called "old mans creek" — The Indians were Encamped at Sycamore about 6 M north west of the old man creek — Stillmans men had Encamped on old mans creek — the advanced guard — spies or what not discovered Stillmans men — appeared on a hill — Stillman's men rushed on them — got frightened — Scared — and got badly whipt — Whites lost 12 Killed — found 11 — 25 were wounded — . They were horribly mangled — heads cut off — heart taken out — & disfigured in Every way. We went up to the battle ground the next day after the defeat of Stillman. We then left the battle ground and went back to Dixon — had no provisions — had had no provisions for 4 days — occasionally a Ear of Corn. Gen Henry was Maj. of the Spy battalion — an advanced guard — a look out as it were a spy — a good brave & noble man. We laid by after getting (3 or 4 day) provisions and proceeded on up to the
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Clary, Royal. 'Royal Clary (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon370c.html
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