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Biographical and statistical history of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin : its early history, progress, and present condition

Oshkosh,   pp. [3]-76 ff. PDF (21.6 MB)

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nient came up, and being attacked front
and rear, the Indians were soon put
hors du combat; and but a part of their
number escaped. This remnant fled up
the east bank of Lake Winnebago, and
passing entirely around it, sought shel-
ter and aid from some straggling bands
on the south shore of the Upper Fox.
The French forces followed and engaged
in several skirmishes along these rivers
to the head waters of the Fox, thence
down the Wisconsin to near its 'mouth,
where the decisive battle was fought and
the savage Foxeswho had so long struck
terror to the weaker tribes, and so
much annoyance to the white man, were
slain - few being left except their
women and children. This ended the
Fox war and nearly the Fox tribe.
A few years previous to this, and
which led to trouble with the Indians,
the end being as above stated, another
matter small in the beginning trans
spired. The Sauks and Foxes dwelt
together. The former were more peace-
fully inclined, but were drawn into
several conflicts by their allies, the
Foxes  The French Commander, of the
post at Green Bay, issued his orders of
separation ot the tribes, which order
was being executed as fast as the nature
of the case ihould admit; a little iuci-
d('nt occurring tliat led to a severe
struggle and considerable  bloodshed.
An Indian child of the Sauks had been
adopted into a fiamily ot Foxes, and
pursuant to the order for separating
them, the child was demanded, but not
given up; the Sauks then making com-
mon cause with the whites, persisted in
the liberation of the boy, and numerous
delays, talks, and put offs occurred,
when the Sauks appealed to the French
commandant again and a small body of
men sent up the river with orders to take
the child at all events. A peremptory
command of the detachment, and as
usual met by some pretense, saying "be
patient,' and other demonstrations in-
sulting to the pride of the Frenchman,
when he fired upon and killed the head
chief with whom he was parlcying; and
again fired and killed a second chief;
from which grew the war above alluded
to, but not the rescue of the child.
As the French increased in numbers
the bitter feeling on the part of the In-
dians grew stronger, and many petty
conflicts arose, including at times sever-
al tribes. Indian troubles was an al-
most unbroken series of events, the rec-
ord of which is so imperfect and tradi-
tionary account, so conflicting, that it is
impossible to give anything like a cor-
rect history of them; even if the lim-
its of these pages would permit.  Suf
flee it to say, the motive of the White-
man was to break down every obstacle
to their trade and traffic with the In-
dian, in other words, to sell their whis-
key, tobacco, and trinkets, nothing
higher or nobler. On the part of the
Indian,to preserve their hunting grounds
from molestation, although he was by
no means an unwilling victim to these
seductive and baneful influences.
In October, 1766, Capt. Jonathan
Carver started from Green Bay, up the
Neenah, (Lower Fox) through Lake
Winnebago and the Upper Fox (Neenah)
and Wisconsin, arrived at Prairie Du
Chicn. In his passage up these rivers,
Capt. Carver in somewhat of a spirit of
prophesy says: "To what or
authority this new world will become
dependent, after it has arisen from its
present uncultivated state, time alone
can discover. But as the seat of Empire
from time immemorial has gradually
been progressing towards the West,
there is no doubt but that, at some future
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