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In Their Own Words

July 13, 1838

Death of Cherokee Woman Recorded

Daniel Buttrick, a missionary to the Cherokee Indians, recorded in his diary events he witnessed and heard about during the forced removal of the Cherokees to the West. On this day he recorded:

“Mr. Caldwell called. He says as he passed the [Cherokee] agency he was informed of a Cherokee woman who had lately died on the bank of the river opposite the agency. She had been driven with many others from the valley towns and on the way was delivered of a child. She needed at least a little rest, but even this was denied by the officers, and she was thrown into a wagon and hauled on over a rough road with the company and lived till she reached the bank of the river and then expired.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 85.