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HARRIS, Peter, last of the Catawba Indians, born in the Catawba reservation, South Carolina, in 1750; died there about 1830. The Catawba Indians sustained friendly relations with the settlers, and were allies of the colonists during the Revolution, rendering good service against the British. Peter Harris was a warrior during this struggle, and his petition, dated in 1822, is preserved among the colonial records of South Carolina. He asked for an annuity in the following words: "I fought the British for your sake; the British have disappeared; you are free; yet from me have the British took nothing, nor have I gained anything by their defeat. The deer are disappearing, and I must starve. In my youth I bled in battle that you might be independent; let not my heart in my old age bleed for want of your commiseration." The legislature granted him an annuity of $60.
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