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Glascock, Thomas (1790-1841) to Andrew Jackson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.11.03 Author/Creator: Glascock, Thomas (1790-1841) Place Written: Fort Early, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 April 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A brigadier general in the Seminole War, Glascock tells Jackson of his return to Fort Early during the first Seminole War and gives an account of the Chehaw Affair. Discusses the misunderstandings that lead Captain Obediah Wright, who was in the Georgia militia and under the authority of the Governor of Georgia William Rabun, to kill ten Chehaws and destroy their village. The Chehaw were allies of the United States during the first Seminole War.

People: Glascock, Thomas, 1790-1841.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, American Indian History, Militia, Massacre, Atrocity, President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson