History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period

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Walker and James, 1851 - Alabama - 466 pages
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Page 296 - January, at the break of day. In less than three hours they had delivered fifty-nine persons, both women and children, with the tailor and carpenter, and one hundred and six negroes or negro women, with their children. They made eighteen of the Natchez prisoners, and took sixty scalps.
Page 106 - Is near the square, and is constructed after the following manner: Eight posts are fixed in the ground, forming an octagon of thirty feet diameter. They are twelve feet high, and large enough to support the roof. On these, five or six logs are placed, of a side, drawn In as they rise. On these, long poles or rafters, to suit the height of the building, are laid, the upper ends forming a point, and the lower ends projecting out six feet from the octagon, and resting on posts five feet high, placed...
Page 320 - ... titles for all the members of his imperial majesty's red court, and the great officers of state; which the emperor conferred upon them, in a manner according to their merit. He himself received the honourable title of his imperial majesty's principal secretary of state, and as such he subscribed himself, in all the letters he wrote to our government, and lived in open defiance of them.
Page 284 - At the first rumour of an event so sad, the alarm and consternation was general in New Orleans. Although the massacre had taken place more than a hundred leagues from here, you would have supposed that it had happened under our own eyes; each one was mourning the loss of a relative, a friend, or some property; all were alarmed for their own lives, for there was reason to fear that the conspiracy of the Indians had been general.
Page 168 - No. 1. The large sacrificial mound, seventy feet in height and six hundred feet in circumference. This mound is cover1847 ed with large forest trees, from four to five hundred years old. A shaft has been sunk in the centre to the depth of sixty feet, and at its lower portion a bed of human bones, five feet in thickness, and in a perfectly decomposed state, was passed. " No. 2, 2. Like the former, have hearth stones on the summit, with charred wood around them, which would show that they, too, were...
Page 287 - ... their saga/mite. But two things, above all, aggravated the grief and hardness of their slavery ; it was, in the first place, to have for masters those same persons whom they had seen dipping their cruel hands in the blood of their husbands ; and, in the second place, to hear them continually saying, that the French had been treated in the same manner at all the other posts, and that the country was now entirely freed from them. During the massacre, the Sun, or the great Chief of the Natchez,...
Page 109 - ... and they go into the water. This day they eat salt, and they dance Obungauchapco (the long dance). "FIFTH DAY. " They get four new logs, and place them as on the first day, and they drink the black drink.
Page 27 - This town is supposed to have stood on the north side of the Alabama, and at a place now called Choctaw Bluff, in the county of Clarke, about twentyfive miles above the junction of that river with the Tombecbe, within a hundred miles from Pensacola ; and this opinion is strengthened by the fact, that aged Indians in the...
Page 291 - Indians wished to chant the calumet to the Chevalier des Roches, who commanded that post in the absence of M. de Codere. He had but seventeen men with him, who had no suspicion of any evil design on the part of the savages, and were therefore all massacred, not one escaping their fury. They, however, granted their lives to four women and five children, whom they found there, and whom they made slaves. One of the Yazous having stripped the Missionary, clothed himself in his garments, and shortly...
Page ix - Indian countrymen," who had for years conducted a commerce with them. Some of these men had come to the Creek nation before the revolutionary war, and others being tories, had fled to it during the war, and after it, to escape from whig persecution. They were unquestionably the shrewdest and most interesting men with whom I ever conversed. Generally of Scotch descent, many of them were men of some education. All of them were married to Indian wives, and some of them had intelligent and handsome children.

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