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    The Black Hawk War.  Lincoln served as a militia captain during this 1832 conflict.  The unofficial war was fought over Chief Black Hawk's desire to resettle on Illinois land that he had mistakenly signed away in an earlier treaty.  Although he saw no combat, Lincoln was deepened by his experience on several burial details.  A talented wrestler, Lincoln is also said to have jumped between a defenseless Native American and the muskets of his own men, forcing his men to stand down after none would fight him man-to-man. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    The Black Hawk War.  Lincoln served as a militia captain during this 1832 conflict.  The unofficial war was fought over Chief Black Hawk's desire to resettle on Illinois land that he had mistakenly signed away in an earlier treaty.  Although he saw no combat, Lincoln was deepened by his experience on several burial details.  A talented wrestler, Lincoln is also said to have jumped between a defenseless Native American and the muskets of his own men, forcing his men to stand down after none would fight him man-to-man. 

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