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

Trail of Tears

Bell and Benge Removal Routes

Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
1. Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. The 1830 Indian Removal Act mandated the removal of all American Indian Tribes East of the Mississippi River to lands in the West. Pulaski, Tennessee is where the Bell and Benge routes crossed in 1838. Benge's route left Fort Payne, AL on September 29, 1838 with 60 wagons, 600 horses and about 1132 Cherokee. Benge traveled north through Ardmore, crossing the Elk River at Elkton to Pulaski, where it crossed Richland Creek and then proceeded northwest through Campbellsville, Mt. Pleasant to Reynoldsburg, up and crossed the state line into Kentucky. They arrived in Indian Territory on January 17, 1839. Bell's detachment was composed of about 660 Cherokee led by Cherokee John Bell, a signer of the New Echota Treaty. The Bell detachment opted for a more direct route to Indian Territory through southern Tennessee. The group was also led by a military escort, Lt. Edward Deas. The detachment with 56 wagons and 318 horses headed south from present day Charleston, TN on October 11, 1838 toward present day Chattanooga, TN. The detachment traveled through Jasper, up Battle Creek to Monteagle Mountain. After crossing Monteagle they traveled through Winchester, Fayetteville, Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, and on to Memphis. The route follows the general alignment US Highway 64.
Erected by Woodmen of the World Life
Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
2. Trail of Tears Marker
Insurance Society-"with you through life" and the Trail of Remembrance Mortorcycle Ride.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 11.736′ N, 87° 1.752′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker is at the intersection of East College Street and S. Rhodes Street on East College Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I (a few steps from this marker); The Benge Route (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Davis Avenue Historic District (about 400 feet away); John Adams (about 500 feet away); General John Adams, CSA (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pulaski.
Categories. Native Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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