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This Day in Georgia History

May 23, 1838

Georgia Militia Enrolled for Cherokee Removal

On the day Gen. Winfield Scott had told the Cherokees that their emigration to the West had to begin, Pres. Martin Van Buren wrote the governors of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina requesting an extension of two years for completion of the Cherokee removal because Scott’s plans to begin the roundup had been delayed. The reason for Scott’s delay was that the U.S. troops being sent from Florida to help with the Cherokee removal had not yet arrived. So, on this day, he enrolled into federal service two regiments of Georgia militia.