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Near Selmer in McNairy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Trail of Tears

Cherokee Removal

 

1838

 
The Trail of Tears Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. The Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. A group of approximately 660 Cherokees traveled through McNairy County in late fall of 1838. Also called Bell's Treaty Party, it was the only detachment to be accompanied by the military. Escorted by U.S. Army Lt. Edward Deas and Cherokee leader John Bell, the party followed the Old State Road to Purdy, where Deas purchased supplies on November 14, 1838. From Purdy to Bethel Springs to Rose Creek, the route closely followed present-day Highway 64. Their 89-day journey ended on January 7, 1839, just inside the Cherokee Nation's border, west of Evansville, Arkansas.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4C 40.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 11.326′ N, 88° 36.804′ W. Marker is near Selmer, Tennessee, in McNairy County. Marker is at the intersection of Mississippi Valley Highway (U.S. 45) and Higginbottom Road, on the right when traveling south on Mississippi Valley Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selmer TN 38375, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hurst Nation (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fielding Hurst and Purdy
The Trail of Tears Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. The Trail of Tears Marker
The overpass for US Highway 64, mentioned in the text, is just behind the marker.
(approx. 5.5 miles away); Purdy (approx. 6.5 miles away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 7.4 miles away); Buford Hayse Pusser (approx. 8.8 miles away); Mark Perrin Lowrey (approx. 11.4 miles away); Battle Of Chewalla (approx. 13 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 13.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Selmer.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Trail of Tears. Resource site with an overview of the Trail of Tears. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. National Park Service site detailing sites related to the trail across nine states. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,324 times since then and 773 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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