Cherokees Massacre Clermont's Village, 1817

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In July 1817 the Arkansas Cherokees wrote to William Clark, governor of the Missouri Territory, charging that the Osage had stolen their best horses and killed many of their people. Shortly after this correspondence had been forwarded, the Arkansas Cherokee were joined by other Cherokees from Alabama and Tennessee. This force, led by the war chief Takatoka, also counted in its ranks members of other tribes who had grievances against the Osage. The Osages of Clermont's Village on the Verdigris were totally surprised. The attacking Cherokees burned the village and destroyed the crops and winter food stores. Eighty-three Osages were reported to have been killed and more than a hundred taken prisoner.

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