GENERAL HOWARD'S EXPEDITION.
for the Illinois river, which they reached helow the mouth of Spoon river, and marched to Peoria village. Here was a small stockade, commanded by Colonel Nicholas, of the United States army.
" Two days previous, the Indians had made an attack on the fort, and were repulsed. The army, on its march from the Mississippi to the Illinois river, found numerous fresh trails, all passing northward, which indicated that the savages were fleeing in that direction.
"Next morning the general marched his troops to the Senatchwine, a short distance above the head of Peoria lake, where was an old Indian town, called Gomo's village. Here they found the enemy had taken water, and ascended the Illinois. This, and two other villages, were burnt.
"Finding no enemy to fight, the army was marched back to Peoria, to assist the regular troops in building Fort Clark, so denominated in memory of the old hero of 1778; and Major Christy, with a party, was ordered to ascend the river with two keel boats, duly armed and protected, to the foot of the rapids, and break up any Indian establishments that might be in that quarter. Major Booue, with a detachment, was dispatched to scour the country on Spoon river, in the direction of Rock river.
" The rangers and militia passed to the east side of the Illinois, cut timber, which they hauled on truck-wheels, by drag ropes, to the lake, aud rafted it across. The fort was erected by the regular troops, under Captain Phillips. In preparing the timber, the rangers and militia were engaged about two weeks.
" Major Christy and the boats returned from the rapids without any discovery, except additional proofs of the alarm and fright of the enemy, and Major Boone returned with his force with the same observations.
"It was the plan of General Howard to return by a tour through the Rock "river valley, but the cold weather set in unusually early. By the middle of October it was intensely cold, the troops had no clothing for a winter campaign, and their horses wrould, in all probability, fail. The Indians had evidently fled a long distance in the interior, so that, all things considered, he resolved to return the direct route to Camp Russell, where the militia and volunteers were disbanded, on the 22d of October. Supplies of provisions, and munitions of war had been sent to Peoria in boats, which had reached there a few days previous to the army.
"It may seem to those who delight in tales of fighting and blood-