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Death of Red Pole

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CollectionTennessee State Library and Archives: James Robertson Papers view image
Document Information
Date February 3, 1797
Author Name Isaac Craig (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Notification that after severe illness, Red Pole died. Shawnee acknowledged the assistance of the U.S. in his care. Requested a head stone or tomb stone to be placed over his grave.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Isaac Craig; Shawnee; Indians; Indian Nation; Red Pole; Blue Jacket; chief; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; grave; river; church; burying ground; ;
Keywords head stone; tomb stone; illness; funeral; ice; ;
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Pittsburg 3.d February 1797
My letter of the ultimo I presume has informed you
that Red Pole the principal Chief of the Shawanees Indians being
then dangerously ill and Ihave now to inform you that at 9 oClock
A.M. on the he breathed his last to the inexpressible Grief
of the other Indians and indeed of all others that had any knowledge
of him. Blue Jacket &the other Indians acknowledge that he
was treated with the utmost kindness and attention during his
illness & are highly pleased at the attention &Respect paid to
his funeral. I have had his Corpse attended &intered in the
most respectful manner in our Church burrying Ground and
with your approbation and to gratify Blue Jacket &the other
Chiefs. Iwish to place either a Tomb Stone or a Head Stone
to his Grave with any Inscription you may please to point
The River is almost clear of Ice and I presume the
Indians will be able to embark on Monday next.
I am
Your Most Ob.t Serv.
Hon 'ble
James McHenry
Sec'y of War