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This primary book-length, annotated version of Gaines' memories offers a desirable glimpse into the early historical past of the Mississippi-Alabama Territory and antebellum Alabama.The sections of the recollections of George Strother Gaines shape the most vital fundamental resources at the early historical past of Alabama and Mississippi. The recollections hide the years 1805 to 1843, within which time Gaines served as assistant issue after which issue of the Choctaw buying and selling condominium (1805-18), cashier of Tombeckbee financial institution in St. Stephens (1818-22), a service provider in Demopolis (1822-32), and eventually a banker and service provider in cellular (1832-43). moreover, Gaines performed a key function in Indian-white family through the Creek conflict of 1813-14, served a two-year time period within the Alabama Senate (1825-27), led a Choctaw exploring occasion to the recent Choctaw lands within the West following the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek (1830-31), and served because the superintendent for Choctaw removing (1831-32).Gaines dictated his memories in 1871 on the age of eighty-seven. a part of the recollections, known as the "first series," used to be initially released in 5 problems with the cellular sign up in June-July 1872 as "Notes at the Early Days of South Alabama." approximately a century later, the 1st sequence and the formerly unpublished moment sequence, "Reminiscences of Early occasions in Mississippi Territory," have been released in a 1964 factor of the Alabama ancient Quarterly as "Gaines' Reminiscences."In this primary book-length variation of the memories, James Pate has supplied an intensive biographical advent, notes, illustrations, maps, and appendixes to help the final reader and the student. The appendixes contain extra unpublished fundamental materials-including interviews performed by means of Albert James Pickett in 1847 and 1848 that offer additional information regarding this significant early pioneer and statesman. 

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Gaines crossed over the river to pay his respects to Gover- Page 15 nor John Pope, and after a one-day delay Gaines' party resumed their journey up the Arkansas. Near Fort Smith in late November, the group encountered an independent Choctaw party led by George W. Harkins and Robert Folsom, who were returning to Mississippi after exploring the new lands on the Red River. On 28 November they crossed to the south bank of the Arkansas and camped for several days at Fort Smith. Gaines distributed new rifles and ammunition to each member of his party, and they took on supplies and packhorses.

Choctaw IndiansAlabamaHistory 19th century.  Pate, James P.  Title.  Series. 1'05'092dc21 97-7084 [B] British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available Page v Contents Illustrations vii Note on the Text ix The Family of George Strother Gaines x Introduction by James P. Pate 1 Gaines' Reminiscences Introduction from the Mobile Register, 19 June 1872 37 Notes on the Early Days of South Alabama 40 Reminiscences of Early Times in Mississippi Territory 70 Death of a Good Man from the Hayneville Examiner 117 Appendix A: Gaines to Dillard, Peachwood, 8 August 1857 119 Appendix B: Conversation with George S.

Construction was slowed because of heavy rain in late January and February 1816 and the late arrival of the soldiers promised by Crawford. The troops arrived at St. Stephens on 4 February, and a few days later the twelve soldiers and a sergeant plus carpenters and other laborers from the lower Tombigbee settlements proceeded upriver with Gaines. Gaines complained that the soldiers were "old men and men incapable of doing much labour" and that completing the buildings was fraught with problems. " Two boatloads of cargo arrived on 22 February, and near the end of March, Gaines returned to St.

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