Larry E. Huddleston

THE CHEROKEE QUEEN copyright ©2009 by Larry E. Huddleston

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The blowing snow swirled and eddied, driven by a strong and bitter north wind. Pauline Eliza Ross, niece of Chief John Ross and Stand Waite of the Cherokee tribe, stumbled forward through her billowing silver breath and the quickly piling snow following the vague retreating back in front of her. She in turn was followed by those behind her.

They had been on the trail to Indian Territory, their newly granted lands and home, for the past four months. For the past ten days they had traveled through the intense, bitter cold. And now they fought desperately through the snow. To add to their misery they were all starving to death. Their meat had turned rancid days ago and their other supplies had been exhausted. Now their only choice was reach Fort Gibson or die on this trail of tears from starvation or the elements. Pauline knew there was nothing to replace the rancid meat with, so chose hunger instead. But she was not alone, even the soldiers were cold and hungry; however, they had horses to ride instead of walking through the calve-deep snow.

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