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Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Farewell to our native land”

 
 
"Farewell to our native land" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
1. "Farewell to our native land" Marker
Inscription. In addition to losing their land to the American government, many Cherokees fell prey to robbers and thieves who operated near the camps and along the roads leading west.

"We are now about to take our final leave and kind farewell to our native land the country that the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that Country that gave us birth...we know that it is a laborious undertaking, but with firm resolutions we think we will be able to accomplish it, if the white citizens will permit us, but since we have been on our march many of us have been stopped and our horses taken from our Teams for the payment of unjust and just Demands.... Our property has been stolen from us by white men and no means given us to pay our debts..." - George Hicks [Ninth Detachment], Mouse Creek, November 4, 1838
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 24.423′ N, 85° 0.383′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Blythe Ferry Road 2 miles north of Hiwassee Highway (Tennessee Highway 60), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"Farewell to our native land" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
2. "Farewell to our native land" Marker
The native land the Cherokee left behind included some of the most beautiful mountains in North America.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "To Learn and not Forget" (here, next to this marker); "Orders No. 25" (here, next to this marker); General Winfield Scott (here, next to this marker); "Your Fate is Decided" (here, next to this marker); "Chains of Friendship" (here, next to this marker); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (here, next to this marker); "A Desire to Possess" (here, next to this marker); "Not a treaty at all" (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Birchwood.
 
Categories. Native AmericansPoliticsWars, US Indian
 
"Farewell to our native land" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
3. "Farewell to our native land" Marker
Third from the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 336 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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