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Monday, May 7, 1832.+-

En route to Rock River.

Most of baggage wagons are used for officers' equipment. Privates carry cooking utensils and rations for eight to ten days. About nightfall volunteers, after marching 20 miles, make camp on Rock River. On May 8, 1832 Gov. Reynolds writes Gen. Atkinson from "Camp at the Old Sac Village," and next day Rock Island Indian agent Felix St. Vrain says that volunteers are "still encamped on the large Island [Vandruff's] in Rock River opposite the Old Village." Rock Island County tradition locates May 7, 1832, May 8, 1832, May 9, 1832, May 10, 1832 camp on south side of river near town of Milan. Since Vandruff's Island lies between Milan and village on north side of river, it is not unlikely that camps extended from Milan to island and perhaps across to village; good fords cross both channels of river.Elliott, Services of Illinois Soldiers, xvii; Johnston Journal, Black Hawk War Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL; William Orr to John York Sawyer, 1 July 1832; Journal of Felix St. Vrain, 9 May 1832, Photo; Trans., 1921, 92-106.