Alexander Ware (1825)

Pages 561-62

“Enclosure A, in General Gaines’ letter to the Secretary of War. L. Blake to Gen. Gaines.

Creek Agency, August 13th, 1825.

Sir : As you directed, I proceeded up the country, to the several places where the Indians have received their subsistence. At Colonel William O. Wagnon’s, I found 111 men, women, and children. At General Alexander Ware’s, there were fifty-seven altogether. Some of those at this place, I could not persuade them to give their names, therefore, put them down without any. The numbers at these two places, is much larger than they would have been, had not General A. Ware wrote to them, commanding them to come in ; which you will see by the certificate of Colonel Wm. O. Wagnon and two or three other respectable men. I was informed by some of the Indians, that they objected at first to come. but as they were ordered, they dare not disobey.

At Major John H. Brodnax’s I found 204 ; and at Indian Spring 43; making, altogether, 96 men, 109 women, and 211 children. General Ware and Colonel Wagnon were to stop issuing on the 26th August; Major Brodnax on the 28th. The whites are crowding over the line in large numbers; and, if allowed to remain, will prevent the Indians from making any thing the coming season. Colonel Wagnon has given a list of many of the intruders, and. has promised to collect all the information that will be to benefit, before the talk, which will be on the 25th or 26th instant, where he will attend himself. He is intelligent, and willing to do any thing in his power, which will promote the interest of the General Government. The names of the head men. and the number of their family, rank as chiefs, etc. enclosed with this, is correct.

I remain, respectfully, &c.


Maj. Gen. E. P. Gaines. A true copy.

E. G. W. BUTLER, Aid-de-Camp.”

Page 569

“Certificate of William O. Wagnon.

I certify that, on, or about, the 17th May, 1825,1 saw a letter written by General Alexander Ware, and directed to the Chiefs of the Sand town Indians, commanding them, with all their Indians, to come over and draw rations at his camp, otherwise they would be considered as hostiles, and reported to the General Government, and that the United States would treat them as hostiles, or words to that effect.


De Kalb County, September, 10th, 1825. W. H. Bell, Lt. V. S. A. Luther Blake. A true copy.



Page 572

“Georgia, Fayette County. Alexander Ware being duly sworn, true answers to make to interrogatories hereunto annexed, answers as follows : To the first interrogatory he answers : I have known Joseph Marshall since Floyd’s campaign in the Creek nation, but had no conversation with him respecting the permission to survey the late acquired territory. To the second, he answers: About the 10th or 15th of last April, I was at the house of General William McIntosh, at which place were most of the principal chiefs of my acquaintance, belonging to the friendly party. They met in council, and I learned from McIntosh and others, that they unanimously agreed to let the Governor survey the land as soon as he pleased ; and also that he might publish in the papers that any person who wished to purchase claims, might be permitted to do so, by coming and enrolling their names. Mcintosh asked me if I should have an opportunity of sending a letter to the Governor, and on my replying that I would send it on immediately, he, McIntosh, gave me the letter containing their assent to the survey, and requested me to send it as soon as I could ; and I conversed with several of the chiefs, both before and after the council, and they seemed anxious that the survey should be made, assigning as a reason, that it would bring money into the nation. To the third, answered in the first.


Sworn to, and subscribed, this 1st day of September, 1825.


Reference Data:

Report on the Select Committee of the House of Representatives, by United States Congress, House, Select committee on the Georgia question relative to Creek Indians, 1827

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