John Milledge letter to Jacob Kingsbury
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John Milledge letter to Jacob Kingsbury

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Milledge, John, 1757-1818.
Title: John Milledge letter to Jacob Kingsbury
Dates: 1803 March 7
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2204

Biographical/Historical Note

John Milledge (1757-1818) fought in the American Revolution and became a United States representative and senator of Georgia. He was born in Savannah, the grandson of original settler of Georgia. Milledge was heavily involved in the patriot cause. He signed into law the first land lottery in the history of the state--this distributed land seized from Georgia's Creek and Cherokee populations. The city of Milledgeville is named in his honor. He died February 9, 1818 and is buried in Summerville Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a letter from John Milledge, dated March 7, 1803, to Major Jacob Kingsbury, commanding officer at Fort Wilkinson. Milledge thanked Kingsbury for information on a "renegade" named Bowles, promising cooperation in protecting inhabitants of the state if necessary.

Fort Wilkinson was established in 1797 on the Oconee River three miles south of Milledgeville. An early trading post for Creek Indians, the fort was in what is now Baldwin County. The land for Baldwin County was secured through a treaty signed June 16, 1802 at Fort Wilkinson between the United States and the Creek Nation.

Index Terms

Baldwin County (Ga.)
Bowles, William Augustus, 1763 or 1764-1805.
Fort Wilkinson (Ga.)
Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869.
Kingsbury, Jacob, 1756-1837.
Letters (correspondence)
Milledge, John, 1757-1818.

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1John Milledge letter, 1803 March 7