[Letter] 1842 Sept. 14, Lowndes County, [Georgia] to [Governor] Charles J. McDonald, Milledgeville, G[eorgi]a / Levi J. Knight

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1842 Sept. 14, Lowndes County, [Georgia] to [Governor] Charles J. McDonald, Milledgeville, G[eorgi]a / Levi J. Knight
Knight, Levi J.
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Indians of North America--Claims against
Georgia. Militia--Demobilization
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Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
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This is a letter dated September 14, 1842 from Levi J. Knight to Governor Charles J. McDonald (Governor of Georgia, 1839-1843) regarding the news that Captain Aaron Jernigan had been directed to increase his command near the Ocilla (Aucilla) Swamp and that he (Knight) had been ordered to discharge the troops that he had recently called out. Knight says that he has directed Major Deas to muster and discharge the troops immediately. He also says that he expected from the governor's correspondence with the secretary of war that a federal officer would be sent down to muster and pay the troops, but since he has heard no word of that, Knight says that he will send all of the muster rolls to the governor so that he may take care of those duties. Knight closes by telling the governor that a small number of the party of Indians that had recently committed depredations in the area had been overtaken and that troops were in pursuit of the rest of them. He also reports the death of Mr. Blackburn, who was attacked by Indians.
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 52, folder 11, document 04.
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Lowndes County
September 14 -- 1842
To His Excellency Charles J. McDonald
Sir your Communication dated
2nd Inst [Instant] I this day received informing me that Capt Jernigan was directed to increase his command and station a detachment in the neighborhood of Oscilla Swamp and directing me [added text: to discharge ] the detachment ordered out by me on their arrival, I have directed Majr [Major] Deas, on their arrival to muster and discharge them immediately, The Rolls shall be transmitted immediately on their discharges and also the Rolls of a detachment who served for a short time under Lieut. Prescutt Last Spring. I will also send you the Rolls of Capts. Johnson & Morgan, I had supposed from your correspondence with the secretary at War, that an officer of the federal army would be sent to muster & pay them but seeing no order to that effect, I will send them to you. that you may be enabled to examine and [deleted text: [illegible text] ] [added text: if ] necessary lay it before the next Legislature,
The Citizens who pursued the Indians that committed the Late depredations under the command of Col. Baily of Florida Overtook a party of the Indians Killed one and wounded several others. the Indians had seperated [separated] and only ten or twelve was supposed to be at the Camp when they found them, I did not learn how far they followed them as I have no official account but understood they were south of the St Augustine Road. Mr Blackburn who was wounded in the Late engagement in this County has since died and also the Negro man belonging to Mr Lee the other wounded men are in a [illegible text] way to recover

I have the honour [honor] to be your Excellencys most obedient and humble servant
[Signed] Levi J Knight

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Troupville Ga

19 Sep [September]
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His Excellency Charles J McDonald Milledgeville Ga

Gen Knight

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