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CHEROKEE ALLIES

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When:
March 21, 2016 all-day
2016-03-21T00:00:00-04:00
2016-03-22T00:00:00-04:00
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CHEROKEE ALLIES

And all FIRST NATIONS ALLIES

Compiled by Jim Moyer 3/22/2016

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This Page is under construction.  All the incidents of Cherokee Allies visiting Fort Loudoun or their interaction with the Virginia Regiment commanded by Col George Washington will be documented here.

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1753

See 1753 Winchester First Nations Conference.

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April 21,22 , 1757

MERCER GREETS 148 CHEROKEE

AT FORT LOUDOUN WINCHESTER VA

Captain George Mercer at Fort Loudoun, dated 24 April 1757, writes to GW:

“Thursday and Friday last came to Town [Winchester] 148 Cherokees, with Major [Andrew] Lewis, and yesterday I spoke to them, as they did not chuse an Interview sooner.”

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Well, our Captain Mercer , aid de camp to George Washington who was running Fort Loudoun Winchester VA, April 21,22 in 1757 met this dissatisfied group, and he could see why they were mad.

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http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0078

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Mercer goes on to write that the Cherokee felt lied to and now their own young men of their Cherokee nation feel lied to by their own leaders.

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The phrase of “giving presents” means supplies of blankets, shoes, weapons, etc.  The phrase of “treated as children” means to treat the Indians with the favor of giving them needed and nice things, like they would do so with their own children.

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CHEROKEE CONNECTION TO WINCHESTER VA

There are strong connections to the Cherokee here.  Mercer and Washington were good friends with the Gists, Christopher, the father, and Nathaniel the son – who it is said fathered Sequoyah, the Cherokee who created the Cherokee Syllabary, making writing and reading the Cherokee language possible.

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For the real Scoop?  You could go down this rabbit hole and explore this warren of treasure. This story goes long and deep.

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MAY 16, 1757

DINWIDDIE’S REACTION TO THE COMPLAINTS

The Cherokee were promised by Lt Gov Dinwiddie, “presents.”  This meant clothes, blankets, weapons, shoes.

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So when Mercer and Washington complained of this unmet promise, Washington was relieved (as in not allowed) of any role in dealing with any First Nations Allies.

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George Washington and his Regiment must discontinue any parley, any communications with the Indian allies. Edmond Atkin from South Carolina is to take over that job, with a title similar to the one given Sir William Johnson who handles the northern Indian allies.   The Act of Union in 1707 gave opportunity to many Scots, possibly similar on a surface level to Affirmative Action policies of today.

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http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0086

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http://jimmoyer1.wix.com/mercercompany1stva

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