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Illinois in the War of 1812$
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Gillum Ferguson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036743

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036743.001.0001

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Rumors of War

Rumors of War

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(p.30) Three Rumors of War
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Illinois in the War of 1812
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Gillum Ferguson

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036743.003.0003

This chapter examines how, across Illinois Territory, relations between red and white were already changing. At Chicago, the members of the small American community remained confined to Fort Dearborn and the fortified agency house nearby. At Peoria, French villagers who had long enjoyed cordial relations with the Indians now began finding great numbers of their cattle killed, and the carcasses sometimes left at their doorsteps. At the southern end of the territory, at the mouth of Grand Pierre Creek, lived a family named Crawford, who was on civil terms with passing Indian hunting parties. The day the Indians learned of war, they painted their faces, assumed a hostile attitude, commandeered the family's boat, loaded it with game, and then paddled off down the river, never to return.

Keywords:   Illinois Territory, Indians, Chicago, Fort Dearborn, Peoria, French villagers, Indian hunting parties

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