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In Their Own Words

May 27, 1838

Report on Cherokee Removal

From New Echota, Gen. John Floyd wrote Gen. Winfield Scott to advise him of how the first day of rounding up Cherokee Indians had gone:

“I have the honor to report to you that with nine companies of the Second Regiment Georgia Militia, commanded by Colonel Turk, I left here on the evening of the 25th instant to collect the Cherokee Indians on the border of the Coosawattee River, about twelve miles from this place… . I crossed the river with the troops early on the morning of the 26th and, sending several small detachments in different directions to prevent the escape of the Indian, advanced rapidly with the main body to the Indian settlements. Having succeeded in securing a number of Indians, I returned to the Coosawattee … . The Indians made no resistance, but evinced generally great reluctance to remove. Among the captured are several who it is said have exercised a mischievous influence over others to prevent the execution of the treaty.”

Source: Edward J. Cashin (ed.), A Wilderness Still the Cradle of Nature: Frontier Georgia: A Documentary History (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1994), pp. 139-140.