[Sworn statement of] Nathan Norton, 1840 Mar. 15, Fort Moniac, [Florida]

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Sworn statement of] Nathan Norton, 1840 Mar. 15, Fort Moniac, [Florida]
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Seminole Indians--Claims against
Florida--State militia
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
legal documents
This document is a copy of a sworn statement, given by Nathan Norton, First Lieutenant of the Florida Mounted Volunteers, at Fort Moniac (Baker County, Florida) on March 15, 1840. Norton states that he was in command of Fort Gilmer (Clinch County, Georgia) from December 2, 1839 through January 31, 1840 and frequently sent scouts out from that post. He asserts that no Indian signs were discovered and that statements made to the contrary by Levi J. Knight to Charles J. McDonald, Governor of Georgia (1839-1843) are completely false. Norton also indicates that allegations regarding the theft of livestock, ostensibly by the Seminole Indians, have no basis in fact.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
2 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 05, folder 06, document 01.
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Hargrett Library

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I Nathan Norton first Lieutenant of Captain Birds company Florida Mounted Volunteers, do hereby certify that I was in command of the Post of Fort Gilmer, Geo. from the
second day of December 1839 to the
31st day of January 1840, that I made scouts from said Post frequently during that period up the Suwanootchee creek, and in the direction of Cox's hammock on the west side of the Okefanokee, that I never made a discovery of any fresh signs of Indians, or saw any thing to induce the belief that Indians had visited that part of the country for some months previous. I have this day heard a letter read to be by Capt. E K Barnum U.S. Army said to be a copy of one from Levi J. Knight of Lowndes County to the Governor of Georgia. I have never heard of any cattle [deleted text: of ] [added text (appears to be different ink): or ] hogs being missed by any of the inhabitants on the Suwanootchee or Jones Creek and I believe the statement made by Levi J Knight to Govr. [Governor] McDonald to be greatly exaggerated if not entirely destitute of truth
Given at Fort Moniac, this
15th day of March 1840
[Signed] Nathan Norton 1st Lieut Fla Ma [Militia]

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Nathan Norton