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March 15, 1792 Creeks and Cherokees will Join in War David Craig William Blount David Craig reports, in considerable detail, to Governor William Blount on the state of Indian affairs on the southern frontiers. There have already been depredations and Craig believes that the Creeks and Cherokees will join the Shawnees and will commit many more acts of violence and may indeed engage in a general war against the whites in their territories.
March 20, 1792 Protecting Citizens on the Frontier William Blount Henry Knox Governor William Blount provides Knox with information regarding the dispositions of the Southern Indians, and the causes of the hostilities of part of the Cherokees and Creeks and the steps he is taking to protect citizens on the frontier.
April 21, 1792 Punishing the Persons Guilty of this Base Act William Blount Henry Knox William Blount describes for Knox various incidents on the frontier in which Indians have murdered innocent Americans and in which Americans fired at an innocent Indian. In response, he has called up three companies of militia to protect the frontier.
April 22, 1792 [Copy] Indian Hostilies and Travels William Blount Henry Knox Blount related interaction with Cherokees, Chickasaws, and Northern Indians. Treaty addressed, protection of residents in Hawkins and Cumberland Counties discussed.
May 5, 1792 The Stealing of Horses by Southern Indians William Blount Henry Knox Governor William Blount describes for Knox the many instances of horse stealing in the South and the potential for discord that the stealing of white men's horses by southern Indians has produced.
May 17, 1792 Pernicious Counsels of Mr. Bowles William Blount Alexander McGillivray Governor Blount creates for General McGillivray a long list of murders, horse stealings and other depredations by the southern Indians, particulary the Creeks and Cherokees. He has been informed that William Bowles may be the mastermind behind these atrocities.
June 4, 1792 Boundaries Between the United States & the Cherokee Nation William Blount Little Turkey Blount informs Little Turkey and the other chiefs of the Cherokees of the plans to run the boundary lines between U. S. territory and the Cherokee nation. The United States commissioners who will run the line are men of great stature and integrity and it is expected that the Cherokee headmen who will be involved will be of similar character.
July 4, 1792 Report on Indian Activity in the Southeast William Blount Henry Knox Governor Blount informs Knox of sundry activities involving the Southern tribes, the Spaniards, and William Panton whom Blount suspects of subversive actions involving the Creek Indians.
August 31, 1792 Report on conference with Cherokees William Blount Henry Knox Governor William Blount of Southwest Territory reports on a conference with the Cherokee. The Cherokees have expressed a desire for peace and friendship. Those who commit depredations deserve punishment, however, writes Blount. Mentions Double Head's presence at the conference. Also encloses a list of those killed, wounded and made prisoners.
September 11, 1792 Declaration of War by Cherokees William Blount Henry Knox Just received declaration of war against United States by the five lower towns of the Cherokees. Regiment of Knox County ordered into service for the defense of white settlements. Declaration of war was unexpected, Cherokees claimed violation of treaty of Holstein.
September 15, 1792 Letters Received from Equaka William Blount Henry Knox Letters received from Bloody Fellow inform Blount that the war parties have dispersed, and he is in the process of discharging regiments.
October 2, 1792 Address of Governor Blount to the frontier inhabitants of the State of North Carolina. William Blount [not available] Relayed results of council meeting with Cherokee and Creek chiefs. Both Nations declared intention of peace. Advised friendly relations with peaceful towns. Also informed frontier inhabitants of 500 Creeks that just passed Tennessee river, joined by 100-200 warriors en route to Cumberland.
October 7, 1792 Enclosed Letters to Indians William Blount Henry Knox Enclosed letters from Cherokees for the past month. Contains information on movement of various tribes.
October 10, 1792 Indian Attacks William Blount Henry Knox Received news on attack upon Buchanan's station, relayed details of attack and Indian movement since that time. Settlers of Cumberland in good spirits while erecting block houses and stockades to protect from Indian attacks.
November 3, 1792 Information Given Governor Blount by James Carey James Carey William Blount Minutes of information given Governor Blount by James Carey, one of the interpreters of the United States, in the Cherokee Nation.
November 8, 1792 Turmoil in the Southeast William Blount Henry Knox Governor Blount reports on the tumultuous state of Indian affairs in the southeast. He believes the Creeks and Cherokees cannot be controlled by their chiefs and therefore seem likely to go to war. The Chickasaws and Choctaws seem disposed toward peace.
November 12, 1792 Indian Attack Against Mr. Byram William Blount Henry Knox Blount describes an Indian attack on the house of Mr. Byram in which one attacker was killed and another wounded.
November 30, 1792 Boundaries between Cherokee Land & the United States David Campbell William Blount Campbell, McClung, and McKee describe their efforts to lay accurate boundary lines between Cherokee land and the United States as established by the Treaty of Holston.
December 16, 1792 Running Boundary Lines in Cherokee Country William Blount Henry Knox Governor Blount explains the implications of running the boundary lines established by the Treaty of Holston, especially those through the Nine-mile settlement which have been disputed by the Cherokees.
January 8, 1793 Spirit and Wishes of the United States William Blount Leonard Shaw Blount notifies Shaw of the peaceful intentions of the United States toward the Cherokees and arranges a future meeting at Southwest Point.
January 14, 1793 Complaints & Threats of the Cherokee Nation William Blount Henry Knox Blount disputes the Cherokee claims to the land of the Cumberland settlements upon which they are threatening war against the inhabitants. He charges the Cherokee young warriors with stirring up the antagonism against the settlers and defends his summons of the militia to protect the settlers against Indian depredations.
January 24, 1793 Peace with the Cherokees William Blount Henry Knox Despite beligerent acts by the Cherokees, including the capture and release of Captain Handley, Blount believes peace with that Nation is at hand.
January 30, 1793 They Dispersed to Their Respective Homes Lieutenant Colonel White William Blount White reports on the eventual adherence of the people of Gamble's station to Blount's proclamation ordering them to disperse and abandon their plans to invade the Upper Cherokee towns. White ascribes their intentions to a misguided zeal to serve their country.
February 1, 1793 Trials of Offenders Against Treaties William Blount Henry Knox Blount agonizes over the two narrowly averted invasions of Cherokee towns and proposes that a tribunal be created with jurisdiction over trials of offenders agains treaties.
February 12, 1793 Depredations in Mero District William Blount Henry Knox The depredations in Mero District appear to have been committed by the Creeks with the aid of the lower Cherokees. John McKee has been dispatched to meet with the chiefs of the lower towns with the mission of reestablishing peace. He has been given Indian articles to present to the chiefs to persuade them of his good intentions.