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Sunday, July 8, 1832.+-

Camp on White Water River, Old Indian Village.

Indian guides advise Gen. Atkinson that White Water cannot be turned. Council of war is held, deciding to return to mouth of river, near present Fort Atkinson. After two-day chase through swamps and sink holes, enemy is as far away as ever. "If we had pushed on up the river," wrote Gov. Reynolds later, "by forced marches, for a day or two, the Indians would have been reached and the war ended." John Reynolds, Reynolds' History of Illinois. My Own Times: Embracing also the History of My Life (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1879), 251. On reaching camp site of 6th, army halts. Atkinson Letter Book, Johnston Journal, Black Hawk War Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL; John H. Wakefield, Wakefield's History of the Black Hawk War (Chicago: Caxton Club, 1908), 83.