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Davis, John M. (fl. 1818) to William Rabun

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.11.06 Author/Creator: Davis, John M. (fl. 1818) Place Written: Millidgeville, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 May 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Informs Georgia Governor Rabun that Obediah Wright, whom Davis arrested for massacring Chehaw Indians, has been released through a writ of habeas corpus. Requests that Rabun have Wright returned to his custody. The Chehaw were American allies in the first Seminole War. After the massacre, Jackson sent Davis to arrest Wright, who had been a member of the Georgia militia.

People: Davis, John M., fl. 1818.
Rabun, William, 1771-1819.
Wright, Obediah, fl. 1818.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Law, American Indian History, Habeas Corpus, Military History, Military Law, Criminals and Outlaws, Massacre, Atrocity, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform