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Re: Will Holland Thomas + Cherokee
Posted by: Dorothy Seadler (ID *****6537) Date: August 05, 2011 at 20:59:37
In Reply to: Re: Will Holland Thomas + Cherokee by Kay of 29686

William Holland Thomas (1805-1893) was a unique transcultural figure. A white man from western North Carolina, he was adopted by a small Cherokee Indian band and later became its chief. Equally at home in a drawing room or at a Green Corn Dance, Thomas served as agent for the Oconaluftee Indians in Washington, protecting them from removal to the West in 1838 along the infamous Trail of Tears. Thomas was also a frontier merchant, a builder of railroads and turnpikes, a wealthy owner of land and slaves, a state senator, and a Confederate colonel in the Civil War, in which he commanded a legion of Cherokees and white Appalachians.

I have the book,CONFEDERATE COLONEL AND CHEROKEE CHIEF: The Life of William Holland Thomas by E. Stanley Godbold, Jr & Mattie U. Russell in my library and would consider letting you have it - providing you pay for the postage.

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