“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lawrenceburg in Lawrence County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Trail of Tears

Bell Removal Route

Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 4, 2013
1. Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 mandated the removal of all American Indian tribes east of the Mississippi River to lands in the west.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward.

Bellís Route of the Trail of Tears was one of the 17 detachments to remove the Cherokee west. John Bell was appointed to lead this detachment of 650 to 700 Cherokee by Chief John Ross. They had a military escort, Lt. Edward Deas.

A letter written by Lt. Deas reported: we have pursued the direct road through Fayetteville and Pulaski leading to Memphis, part of which we found very rough, but our rate of traveling has averaged between 10 – 12 miles a day. From vouchers of Edward Deas it is possible to determine that the Bellís detachment traveled a route which approximates the alignment of present day Hwy 64 through middle and west Tennessee.

This marker was made possible by Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society -
"With you through Life" and the Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle ride.

Erected by Woodmen of the World.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 4, 2013
2. Trail of Tears Marker
35° 13.229′ N, 87° 13.84′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Lawrenceburg Highway (U.S. 64) and Pulaski Highway (Tennessee Route 15), on the right when traveling west on Lawrenceburg Highway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4865 Pulaski Hwy, Lawrenceburg TN 38464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James J. Pennington (approx. 2.1 miles away); Trail of Tears Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Mexican War Monument (approx. 6.1 miles away); James David Vaughn (approx. 6.1 miles away); David Crockett's Home (approx. 6.1 miles away); Lawrence County War Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Col. David Crockett (approx. 6.1 miles away); Skirmish at Lawrenceburg (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceburg.
Categories. Native Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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