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Edward Deas to George Gibson — October 26 1836

Encampment of Indians Near Memphis Tenne

26th October 1836

To General George Gibson
Commissary General of Subsistence

General,

I have the honour to state that the Party of Indians which I have accompanied from Alabama arrived at this place yesterday. The present encampment is about half a mile south of Memphis & near the bank of the Mississippi & the first party that left Taladega under my direction is also encamped about a quarter of a mile to the south of us. Since I have had the honour to address you upon this subject, nothing of particular importance in regard to the removal had taken place until the arrival of the Parties in the neighborhood of this place. There had been a good deal of delay at this point, in consequence of the difficulty of crossing the Mississippi and the impossibility of getting loaded wagons through the Swamps between this place and White River. It has therefore been determined to employ steam boats to convey the People with their wagons and baggage to Rock Row on the White River near the mouth of Cache and take the horses & ponies through by land with a sufficient number of Indians to take care of them. Two of the Five larger Parties that lately arrived at this place, have already gone, & the Third is now about to start. The other two parties that I have mentioned above will set out as soon as the S’Boats return, & that which I accompany will be the last to leave this place. I am unable to say at present how long it will be before the last will set out, but of course the Emigrating Company are endeavoring to get on with as little delay as possible. The Indians thus far appear well satisfied with the arrangements that have been made, and the agents of the company with whom I have been appointed have shown every disposition to comply with the contract for the removal. I shall continue to give constant information upon all subjects of interest connected with the emigration. I have the honor, to the General,

Very respectfully

Your Obedt. Servant,

Edw. Deas

Lieut, US Army &

Disbursing Agent in the Creek Emigration

Updated 3.1.2010