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Eaten Up by Wolves He was in my sights for what seemed like a full minute . . . I saw him smile, and my mind tried to give him a history, you know, a mom, or kids, a wife and a home missed, but I stopped myself, for he was the enemy, and I could not dwell on his blue eyes, or his youth, or his future promise; instead I forced my index finger to squeeze as carefully as I had been taught, and my bullet shattered his forehead, but my own eyes did not close in time to avoid his look of stunned death. I knew this picture would change me forever . . . for I had killed my own youth, my own eyes, and what is killed can never be exactly reborn.
The removal of the Sac and Fox Indians of Illinois culminated in the Black Hawk War (Abraham Lincoln served as an officer in this conflict, but did not see combat). At Chief Black Hawk's defeat and capture, the Indian leader made a final speech, saying, "Black Hawk has done nothing for which an Indian ought to be ashamed. He has fought for his countrymen, the squaws and papooses, against white men, who came year after year to cheat them and take away their lands . . . An Indian who is as bad as a white man could not live in our nation; he would be put to death and eaten up by wolves."
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