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Tuesday, June 5, 1832.+-

Fort Johnson at Ottawa, IL.

Gen. Atkinson orders Capt. Iles' company to be ready to march "on an excursion of several days." Day is spent running bullets and getting flintlocks in order. Gen. Atkinson expresses satisfaction "at the prompt patriotic & soldierly conduct of the Illinois Corps of Volunteers under Col. Fry," which includes Capt. Iles' company. He urges them to re-enlist at end of their 20 days' service, offering them preference over "new levies," and inviting them "in terms of confidence & esteem to share with him in the trials, dangers, & he hopes honors of anticipated conquest."Elijah Iles, Sketches of Early Life and Times in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois (Springfield, IL: Springfield Printing Co., 1883), 46; Atkinson Order Book, Black Hawk War Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL.