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At the Sweet Gum Bridge

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    This play is dedicated to the Choctaw nation and particularly to Choctaw chief Apushamatahahubih, shortened to Pushamataha in the list of characters and to Push in the play. That chief was a contemporary of Andrew Jackson, when he was a general fighting the early Indian wars. Jackson used a divisive strategy, giving some advantages to the peace seeking Choctaws and managing to have their support in his fight against other tribes and particularly against Tecumseh, the chief of the Shawnees, who nearly managed to bring all Indian tribes together and was stopped in this effort by Push himself.