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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Miller, William. 'William Miller? (statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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255. William Miller? (statement for William H. Herndon) [1].

[September 1866?]

In the Spring of 1832 Soldiers Beng called for in the Black Hawk war a company was organized in what was then Sangamon County But out of which Menard is since formed and among the privates was Abraham Lincoln they went as far as Beardstown and for some Reason was Dismissed or not Recd a New call was then made and at Rushville Schuyler Co Ills a company was organzed and abraham Lincoln was Unanimously elected Captain without even presenting himself as a candidate for the office upon his Beng elected he in a very plain unassuming manner thanked the Company for the Confidence they had expressed in Electing him to Command and promised very plainly that he would do the Best he could to prove himself worthy of that confidence so expressed, after the organization of the Company it remained at Rushville one day and two Nights Company Attached itself to the Reg Commanded by Col Samuel Thompson from Rushville the Reg went by land entire to a fort in what is now warren County this fort was Distant about 45 Miles and was made out of Posts set in the ground and 8 feet above ground we there Remained one Night feeling perfectly secure in the fort with But few guards on duty and enemies close at hand from this fort We went to Henderson River in what is now Henderson County this River is a small Stream some 50 yds wide and Perhaps the water is 8 or 10 feet Deep to cross this River we cut Down trees and pack and fill in with Brush so as to make a Bridge to get over on our Baggage train was Drawn by cattle and Horses we took the waggons across by hand and the cattle and horses had to swim the stream we was one entire day and Night Building and filling in to Bridge so we could get over in getting down the steep Banks to the river the Horses was compelled to slide down

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Miller, William. 'William Miller? (statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon361.html
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