The Chehaw Affair

By E. Merton Coulter; Regents’ Professor Emeritus of History, University of Georgia There once stood in Southwest Georgia near Leesburg (northeast of Leesburg) Georgia an immense live oak whose trunk was reputed to be nine feet in diameter and whose boughs measured 120 feet across. The Chehaw Indians who had a village nearby were said to have held their council meetings under this giant tree. In 1912 the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a granite boulder here bearing the follow description: “CHEHAW Large Indian town, home of the Chehaws. A friendly agricultural people of the Creek tribe, who aided …

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