376. John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon Interview).
[1865 — 66]
Jno. T. Stuart
Says — We, in Sangamon Co. — volunteered on the [blank space] day of April 1832 — the day of our Cir Co — went to Beardstown & rendezvoused there a few days — went to Rushville — and then organized into Companies and regiments — Lincoln was Elected Captain at N.S — We proceeded thence, packing provisions on our horses to Rock Island — staid there a few days — and then proceeded to Dixon — were out of provisions — bought some flour & whiskey of Dixon — when I got into camp the boys had a Spree — proceeded to Ottowa — thence by Gratiots Grove — to Galena. The fight at Gratiots Grove Lincoln was not in — Lincoln & myself were in Iles — Spy Battallion — Got to Galena — went to the hoar houses — Gen Henry went — his magnetism drew all the women to himself — All went purely for fun — devilment — nothing Else — At Ottow we beat up for volunteers — Lincoln & I belonged to ________ 3. Companies Constituted a Spy battallion — I was a member of the Spy battallion before I landed at Dixon — Was in Dawson's Company Spy battallion called — Henry Commanded the Spy battallion — At Ottow we we called for a regiment for 20 days — joined Early's Company of the Spy battallion — : First under Iles as Captain — Commanded by Henry — & 2dly under Dawson. Lincoln was in these Spy Companies Our provisions were brought to us at Beardstown by steam boat — loaded our horses her — landed at Rock River — met boats — got provisions struck for Dixon — Carried Some provisions on horse back — boats — perogues &c — &c met up as often as possible — SEE. Maj Iles —
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1. John Dixon (1784 — 1876), proprietor of a ferry and store on the Rock River.