Jacksonville, Il. Printed by Calvin Goudy, 1834. 142pp. 12mo. Modern crushed red morocco by Riviere & Son, tooled in gilt, spine richly gilt, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Rear board stained in upper portion, bookplate on front pastedown. Closed tear in first preface leaf expertly mended, else internally quite clean. A handsome copy. Item #WRCAM23368
A scarce and valuable account of the Black Hawk War and other Indian troubles, by a firsthand witness, including the account of the captivity of the Hall sisters as related by Sibley Hall. Wakefield based his account of the 1827 campaign on oral reminiscences and newspaper accounts, but he was a participant in the last two campaigns. He served as a scout and dispatch-bearer and was wounded at the battle of Axe River. This is not the first printing of an account of the Hall captivity, but that contained in the 1832 pamphlet, NARRATIVE OF THE CAPTURE AND PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE OF..., was so full of errors that this may be noted as the first accurate account, and the first in book form. Interestingly, many participants in this war were to become prominent (e.g. Abraham Lincoln, whose company was disgraced for being intoxicated; Jefferson Davis; Zachary Taylor; and James Clyman, the latter a famous mountain man who rode with Jedediah Smith in 1824 and was mess mate to Lincoln). "One of the few first-hand accounts of the Indian wars in Illinois and Michigan" - Eberstadt. Not in Ayer. Nebenzahl bought the Streeter copy for $175 in 1968. GRAFF 4510. BYRD 213. HOWES W19, "b." SABIN 100978. DECKER 33:319. STREETER SALE 1449. EBERSTADT 132:727.