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Brownsboro in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Trail of Tears

Drane/Hood Overland Route

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, July 20, 2010
1. Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. In May 1838 soldiers, under the command of U.S. Army General Winfield Scott, began rounding up Cherokee Indians in this area who had refused to move to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. About 16,000 Cherokees were placed in stockades in Tennessee and Alabama until their removal. Roughly 3,000 were sent by boat down the Tennessee River and the rest were marched overland in the fall and winter of 1838-1839. This forced-removal under harsh conditions resulted in the deaths of about 4,000 Cherokees.

In late June of 1838 a party of 1,070 poorly equipped Indians was marched overland from Ross' Landing at Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Waterloo, Alabama, because of low water in the upper Tennessee River. Following the general route of present day U.S. Highway 72, they camped at Bellefonte, where about 300 escaped between Bellefonte and Woodville. On June 26, the remainder refused to proceed. Consequently,the militia, under the command of Army Captain G.S. Drane was tasked to mobilize the group and escort them to Waterloo. Arriving in miserable condition on July 10, 1838, the Cherokee were placed on a boat to continue their journey West. Historical documents show that this group of Cherokees camped for two nights near the Flint River, close to what is now Madison County High School.

The "Trail of Tears" which resulted from the Indian
Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 20, 2010
2. Trail of Tears Marker
Removal Act passed by U.S. Congress in 1830, is one of the darkest chapters in American history.
 
Erected by The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission and ATTOTCA - Funded by the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 34° 44.141′ N, 86° 25.845′ W. Marker is in Brownsboro, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway/John T. Reid Parkway (U.S. 72 at milepost 109) and Brock Road, on the right when traveling west on Lee Highway/John T. Reid Parkway. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Madison County High School. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsboro AL 35741, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flint River Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named Flint River Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Shiloh United Methodist Church (approx. 3.5 miles away); Town of Gurley (approx. 4 miles away); Monte Sano Railway (approx. 5 miles away); "Wildwood"
Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 20, 2010
3. Trail of Tears Marker
Looking West along US Hwy 72. Madison County HS can be seen in the background on the right.
(approx. 5 miles away); Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano (approx. 5.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,143 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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