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Nancy Ward

According 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.

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