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Title Letter [manuscript]: Washington, [D.C.], to George Graham, Dept. of War, 1816 Mar. 22
Author Cherokee Nation
Document Type Correspondence; Tribe Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of a Mar. 22, 1816, letter from the Cherokee delegation in Washington, to George Graham, acting secretary of war, requesting that unauthorized persons be removed by military force from their reserved lands, so that the lessee, Gideon Morgan, could take possession. In addition to obtaining the removal of intruders during their 1816 visit to Washington, the Creek delegates sought Creek War-related pensions and damage payments. Delegates included John Lowrey, John Walker, Major Ridge, Richard Taylor, Cheucunsenee, and John Ross. All but the last placed their marks on this request.
Names Graham, George (1770-1830); Morgan, Gideon
Places Washington, D.C., Tennessee, Tennessee River, Cumberland Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, United States
Keywords reservation, lease of land, land tenure, land cession, army, armed forces, trespassing, war, pension, Creek War, compensation
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information On October 25, 1805, at Tellico, the Cherokees ceded lands in Tennessee and Kentucky to the federal government, but reserved specified tracts for the use of the Nation. The reserved tracts included one opposite South West Point, one at the foot of Cumberland Mountain, and one on the north bank of the Tennessee River.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 155
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue