“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Bolivar in Hardeman County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Trail of Tears Cherokee Removal 1838

Trail of Tears Cherokee Removal 1838 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Curtis Wise, December 30, 2020
1. Trail of Tears Cherokee Removal 1838 Marker
Inscription.  The old Savannah-Bolivar Road, aligned with present-day US Hwy 64. was the route taken by approximately 660 Cherokees led by John Bell and military escort US Army Lieutenant Edward Deas. John Bell was a signer of the Treaty of New Echota which set terms for the Cherokee removal in 1835. They traveled west from McNairy County into Bolivar, to Hardeman County by ferry over the Hatchie River and adjacent swamps via paid voucher to Miller and Borkston, together with wagons and saddle horses on November 16, 1838.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4C 42.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission, and the Trail of Tears series lists.
Location. 35° 15.295′ N, 88° 58.563′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, Tennessee, in Hardeman County. Marker is on East Market Street (U.S. 64 at milepost 14.5), ¼ mile east of E Margin Street, on the right when
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traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14625 East Market Street, Bolivar TN 38008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bolivar (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Houston Bills (approx. ¾ mile away); St. James Episcopal Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Polk Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Old Hatchie Town (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Middleburg (approx. 7.4 miles away); Sassafras Mill (approx. 11.1 miles away); Armstrong's Raid (approx. 15.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
Additional keywords. genocide, forced removal
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2021, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 27, 2021