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In Their Own Words

June 22, 1838

Elderly Cherokee Part of Removal

Missionary Daniel Buttrick witnessed the roundup and removal of the Cherokee Indians. On this day, he recorded in his diary:

“Visited the camps. While there a company of poor Cherokee prisoners were brought in. In one of the wagons was an old man supposed to be considerably over 100 years old. At first, being left by his friends, who in a fright ran to the woods, he was also left by the soldiers in his cabin. It was said he was almost starved, when some white children found him and carried him some food.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.) Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 84.