The rations pictured here symbolize those issued to Lincoln's men. Individual rations included corn, flour, salt, salt pork, soap, candles, flints, and lead to make bullets. Because the troops were on foot, provisions were kept light. It was expected that these men, hunters and fishermen, would forage for their own meat. Common supplies issued to a company of about thirty men were tin buckets, coffee boilers, tin pans and cups. Whiskey was a part of the rations. Rowdy volunteers were said to have descended upon commissaries demanding: "Damn the fat-back! Where's the whiskey?" Provisioning these troops was perhaps the best handled aspect of the Black Hawk War effort.
When Abraham Lincoln's military service ended on July 10, he intended to ride home with George Harrison. Their horses, however, were stolen. They traveled to Peoria with Capt. Jacob Early's company, riding part of the way thanks to their friends. At Peoria, they purchased a canoe, stopping at Pekin, where Lincoln fashioned an oar and Harrison bought supplies. They continued, with one pulling the oar while the other steered. They were later invited onto a raft for a hot meal of fish, corn bread, eggs, butter and coffee. They reached Havana on July 17, sold the canoe, and set off to New Salem by foot. Harrison wrote: "The long strides of Lincoln after slipping back in the burning sand six inches every step were just right for me. And he was greatly diverted when he noticed me behind him stepping in his tracks to keep from slipping."
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|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 719436 N 4433296|
|Decimal Degrees||40.02136667, -90.42861667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 1.282', W 90° 25.717'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 1' 16.92" N, 90° 25' 43.02" W|
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