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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to William Rabun

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.11.01 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Fort Gadsden, Florida Type: Letter signed Date: 7 May 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Asks that Rabun, governor of Georgia, arrest for murder Captain Obediah Wright. Wright had destroyed a Chehaw village and murdered several of its inhabitants, while many of its members were aiding him in his expedition against the Seminole Indians during the first Seminole War. Seal remnant in upper and lower left corners.

People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
Rabun, William, 1771-1819.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Westward Expansion, President, Government and Civics, Criminals and Outlaws, Law, Massacre, Atrocity, Militia, Military History, Military Law

Sub Era: Age of Jackson