Biography of Samuel Dale
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Dale, Samuel, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1772. died in Lauderdale county. Mississippi, May 24, 1841. His parents were Pennsylvanians of Scotch Irish extraction. Samuel went with them in 1775 to the forks of Clinch river, Virginia. and in 1783 to the vicinity of the present town of Greensborough, Georgia. In both of these places the family lived with others in a stockade, being exposed to frequent attacks from Indians, and young Dale thus became familiar with savage warfare. After the death of his parents in 1791 he enlisted in 1793 as a scout in the service of the United States and soon became a famous Indian fighter, being known as "Big Sam." He commanded a battalion of Kentucky volunteers against the Creeks in February, 1814, and in December carried despatches for Gen. Jackson from Georgia to New Orleans in eight days with only one horse. After the war he became a trader at Dale's Ferry, Alabama, was appointed colonel of militia, held various local offices. and was a delegate in 1816 to the convention that divided the territory of Mississippi. He was a member of the first general assembly of Alabama territory in 1817, of the state legislature in 1819-20 and 1824-28, and of that of Mississippi in 1836. In 1821 he was one of a commission to locate a public road from Tuscaloosa through Pensacola to Blakely and Fort Claiborne, and on the completion of his duty, was made brigadier general by the Alabama legislature and given a life pension. In 1831 he was appointed by the secretary of war, together with Col. George S. Gaines, to remove the Choctaw Indians to their new home on the Arkansas and Red rivers. (See "Life and Times of Gen. Sam. Dale." from notes of his own conversation, by John F. H. Claiborne. New York. 1860).

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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