- n. a town in northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River; site of a Union prison during the American Civil War
“Radio was so new that many Midwestern towns still didn’t have a commercial station, but I said I knew of two or three in the tri-cities area of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island along the Illinois-Iowa border.”
“The prophet came down and joining us below Rock river, having called at Rock Island on his way down, to consult the war chief, agent and trader; who, he said, used many arguments to dissuade him from going with us, requesting him to come and meet us and turn us back.”
“In the morning a canoe was seen descending the river, bearing an express, who brought intelligence that La Gutrie, a British trader, had landed at Rock Island with two boat loads of goods.”
“And, further, at the special request of said confederate tribes, the United States agree to grant, by letters patent, to their particular friend, Antoine LeClair, interpreter, one section of land opposite Rock Island and one section at the head of the rapids of the Mississippi river.”
“The following beautiful word paintings by a recent visitor to the Tower, we take from the Rock Island Union:”
“There are two first-class hotels ” the Harper House and Rock Island House ” and several of less pretentions.”
“We therefore proposed to kill him and the agent, the interpreter, the great chief at St. Louis, the war chiefs at Forts Amstrong, Rock Island and Keokuk, these being the principal persons to blame for endeavoring to remove us.”
“On the 12th of April, 1832, soon after our arrival at Rock Island on a visit to relatives, (the family of Col. Geo.”
“Gen. Scott then went over to Rock Island with two companies to garrison Fort Armstrong, and there learned the situation of affairs in the army, and the great reduction made in the ranks of Black Hawk's band of Indians, so that a final close of the war was daily expected.”
“Arrangements having been completed for moving to his new home, he left Rock Island on the 10th of October with his family and a small portion of his band, for his old hunting grounds on Skunk river, on the west side of the Mississippi river below Shokokon.”
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