to legend, Nancy Ward had accompanied her warrior husband, King
Fisher, to the battle of Taliwa to drive the Creeks out of northern
Georgia. When he was killed, she picked up his gun and
joined the fighting. It is said her bravery caused a turning
point in the battle for the outnumbered Cherokees.
Upon returning to her tribe, she was given the title of Ghighau
or Most Honored Woman which was considered a lifetime distinction
bestowed for valorous merit. Still only a teenager, she
sat with the Peace Chief and War chief in the "holy area"
near the ceremonial fire during the State Council meetings.
She also was the last Chief Woman of the Cherokee Female Council.
She died in 1822 as is buried near Benton, TN.
Web Links Referencing Nancy
Nanye-Hi (Nancy Ward) - Cherokee