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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) to John Ross

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01233.03 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: [Washington] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 September 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Protection of the Cherokee Indians against the Confederacy. Ross was the first and only elected Chief of the Cherokee Nation from the time it was formed until his death in 1866. He led the Eastern Cherokee in the "Trail of Tears" west of the Mississippi. Basler, Roy P. The Collection Works Of Abraham Lincoln. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), Vol. V 1861 - 1862, p. 439 - p. 440.

People: Ross, John, 1790-1866.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Cherokee Indian, Confederate States of America, President Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Confederate States of America, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War