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Historic Diaries: Black Hawk War

The Illinois Press Whips Up Fighting Spirit

Editor's Note:

The Sangamo Journal was a newspaper published in Springfield, Illinois, beginning in 1827. It catered to the rapidly growing population of central and northern Illinois, including the lead mining region where much of the war would be fought. Abraham Lincoln was a contributor to the paper, which printed his first reported speech five years later (in the Sangamo Journal, 28 January 1837; see Lincoln's Complete Works (1905) ed. by Nicolay and Hay, Vol. 1).

Brave Sangamo hath arm'd
All to defend her right.
Arouse ye bold Kentucky boys
The foremost in the fight
Away! away! away!

[Source: Sangamo Journal, Apr, 26, 1832.]

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