Murder of Indians and David Cornell, son of Joseph Cornell, the mutinous withdrawal of Georgia militia, and his affidavit regarding financial interest in Indian trade or commerce

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Date July 6, 1793
Author Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: St. Mary's
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Seagrove reports the circumstances surrounding the confrontation and murder of friendly Indians vicinity of Colerain Station and Spanish Creek on St Marys. Reports on McDonald's inconsistent account of events to his commanding officer. Reports on death of David Cornell, son of Joseph Cornell who acted as interpreter with General McGillivray' entourage during treaty negotiations at New York 1790. McDonald is in custody. Seagrove expects some limited bloodshed; has taken measures to emphasize the incident was a mistake. Sarcastically refers to mighty expedition of Georgia militia as abortive and ill planned, as a mutinous spirit took possession of officers and men when they reached the Oakmulgee. Seagrove notes that he has tried to portray this incident in a light favorable to interests of United States [presumably through his dispatches informing Indians that General George Washington ordered withdrawal of Georgia militia]. Seagrove refers to insinuation that he had financial interest in brother Roberts trade at Traders Hill on St Marys. Sends affidavit to Knox, dated 9 May 1793, in order to satisfy Knox on this matter. Refers to the malicious attacks of the anti-federalists and Yazoo gang of Georgia. If these men ever spoke well of Seagrove, it would be evidence of his infidelity to the federal government.
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Document Notes Cited in Knox to Seagrove, 09/16/1793.This document is enclosed in a statement relative to the South Western frontiers, as connected with the state of Georgia and Creek Indians, the south Western territory of the United States and the Cherokees submitted to the House of Representatives on December 4, 1793. This document is an integral part of [Public Reports] and other communications of the Secretary of War, 12/99/1793.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; James Seagrove; David Cornell; Joseph Cornell; Alexander McGillivray; President George Washington; McDonald; Captain Randolph; Georgia militia; Robert Seagrove; ;
Related Places St. Mary's; Oakmulgee; Georgia; Spanish Creek; Philadelphia; Colerain Station; New York; ;
Keywords Seagrove deposition; ;
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