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Doc. 63 1/2. the Cherokee Indians.

The Fort Scott Times published the following letter from John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Indians, giving his adhesion to the Confederate States:

Executive Department, Park Hill, Cherokee nation, August 24, 1861.
To Major Clark, Ass't Quartermaster, C. S. A.:
sir: I herewith forward to your care despatches for Gen. McCulloch, C. S. Army, which I have the honor to request you will cause to be forwarded to him by the earliest express.

At a mass meeting of about four thousand Cherokees at Tahlegue on the 21st instant, the Cherokees, with marked unanimity, declared their adherence to the Confederate States, and have given their authorities power to negotiate an alliance with them.

In view of this action, a regiment of mounted men will be immediately raised and placed under the command of Colonel John Drew, to meet any exigency that may arise.

Having espoused the cause of the Confederate States, we hope to render efficient service in the protracted war which now threatens the country, and to be treated with a liberality and confidence becoming the Confederate States.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your humble servant,

John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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