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Title:[Letter] 1813 Sep. 30, Highwassee [i.e., Hiwassee] Garrison [to] Major General John Cocke / Return J. Meigs : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Meigs, Return J.

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Date: September 30, 1813
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from Return J. Meigs, agent to the Cherokee Nation, to Major General John Cocke, dated September 3, 1813. Meigs writes that he thinks that the Cherokee who had volunteered to fight against the Creek should be put together and supervised by another Cherokee. The whole group should then come under the command of a United States citizen who is familiar with Cherokee fighting. He agrees with Governor Blount that the Cherokee expedition should be lead by Judge Cocke.
Collection:John Cocke Papers V-J-3

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Highwassee [Hiwassee] Garrison 30th September 1813


It was contemplated by me in [unclear] the orgenization [organization] of the Cherokees who volantier there [volunteer their] service against the Creeks to have them formed to Companies & Battallions [Battalion] property Officers by their own people [unclear] in all the grades of Officers, so far as to [unclear: enclude ] that of majors and that then the whole should be commanded & lead by a Citizen of the United States whose experience in Indian warfare would qualify him for such a Command. Such Character I presumed might be formed without having any one individual in my mind. The above arrangement I preeviously [previously] stated to the secretary of war who in answer to my letter made no observation relating to such an organization. I concluded that he could not do otherwise than approve of it —

The proposition of the Governor in favor of Judge Cocke to lead the Cherokees in the expedition now beginning its movement is perfectly agreeable to me — and I will endeavor to make it agreeable to the Young Cherokee Officers who will bring forward their young men for the Campaign.

I have the honor to be with great respect

yr. obt. [your obedient] Servant
Return J. Meigs
General Cocke

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Major General John Cocke Garrison Highwassee [Hiwassee]

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