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Title [Letter] [manuscript]: Camp Scott [Nantahala, N.C.], to John T. Jones, Fort Defiance, Wilkes Co., N.C., 1838 June 3
Author Jones, C. C. (fl.1836-1838)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter, dated June 3, 1838 at Camp Scott, Nantahala (near Franklin, N.C.), from C.C. Jones of the 6th Infantry Division, to his cousin John T. Jones, P.M. at Fort Defiance, containing his observations on the geography of the Nantahala area, as well as the Cherokee Indians, who are being moved from their country by the U.S. Army. Jones describes the beauty of the wild and desolate landscape, seen from the top of Nantahala Mt. He admires the Indians who live in the area--some fifty warriors and their families--and finds them friendly, docile, and generous; they visit the army camp every day, bringing fish, salads, and venison to the soldiers. He describes a dance he attended at "Old Choga’s", at which he danced with several of the handsome "inchgahalas" or "Indian squaws". Jones feels compassion for the Indians, and laments that they must be forced from their lands. Unfortunately, the Army has received orders from General Scott to begin rounding up the Indians, and Jones hopes that there will be no resistance from them. His last paragraph contains references to members of the Jones family back home in the "valley", including Jones’ aunt and uncle (probably Gen. Edmund Jones (1771-1844), and his wife Ann Lenoir Jones), and cousin Edmund W. Jones (brother of John T. Jones), who has just married "cousin Sophia."
Names Jones, General, Edmund (1771-1844); Jones, Ann Lenoir; Jones, Edmund Walter; Jones, John T.; Jones, Sophia
Places Fort Defiance, Camp Scott, Nantahala, North Carolina, United States
Keywords personal account, observation, removal, Indian removal, land cession, armed forces, warriors, dance, land tenure
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3233
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue