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Death of Ridge
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Strong and powerful, even this late in life, Major Ridge was in a carriage on a lonely section of road when he was attacked by a group of Cherokee Indians who were intent on killing him and others who signed the Treaty of New Echota.

Although more than a hundred Cherokee had signed the treaty, including a brother of John Ross, only four were suppose to die today, Major Ridge, his son John, and John's cousins, Elias Boudinot and Stand Watie (Buck and Stand Ooltowee).

Ross's men caught Major Ridge by surprise that day in June, 1839. He died quickly. John Ridge, dragged from his house a short time later suffered a much more brutal death, repeatedly stabbed in front of his wife and young children. Buck was caught as he left the house of his long-time friend Samuel Austen Worcester, who was alerted by the commotion created by his horses. He sent a rider to warn Stand Watie, the sole survivor of the attack.

To this day a standing argument remains: was Ridge murdered, assasinated or executed?


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