Junaluska

Junaluska

Junaluska was born around 1779 near present day Dillard, Georgia. According to oral history, his parents had trouble choosing a name for the infant. While his parents were working in the fields, a strong wind caused the baby’s cradleboard to fall from the tree it was leaning against. They decided to call him Gul ka la ski, one that falls down form a leaning position. It was common at that time for a Cherokee boy to change his childhood name when he passed into manhood. According to one account, when gathering a party of warriors to assist Andrew Jackson in the fight against the Creeks, he promised that the Cherokees would destroy the Creek Nation. Upon returning home he changed his name to Tsu nu la hun ski “one who tried but failed”. However, this anecdote must now be re-examined since the muster rolls of the Cherokee at Horseshoe Bend list Chunuloskee. Junuluski said that he had acted as a conspicuous part in the old Creek war especially in the battle of the Horseshoe… He said that Jacksontold himif he would fight good he would give him a mile square of land…Lt. John Phelps July 6, 1838In 1846 a bill was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives on behalf of Junaluska “…in the service of the United States at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend…” Passed in January 1847, this bill granted Junaluska 337 acres of land in present day Robbinsville, North Carolina, and $100. Junaluska passed away on November 20, 1858. He was buried on the land granted to him, along with his third wife Nicie. In 1910 the General Joseph Winston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a monument at his gravesite.

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