Charleston in Bradley County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Voices from the Past
In May 1838, 7,000 federal troops and state militia, under the command of Major General Winfield Scott, began forcibly rounding up the Cherokee from their homes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee and marching them to one of three main emigrating depots before beginning their journey west on what is now known as the Trail of Tears.
You are currently standing in a former Cherokee community and the location of Fort Cass, the largest of the emigrating depots established for Cherokee removal. Here, the majority of Cherokees were forced to wait for months in internment camps spread out over the emigrating depot's 12 x 4-mile area before departing on their journey
Along this trail are panels featuring the words and experiences of those individuals involved in the removal, from federal officials on one side to Cherokees and missionaries on the other. Consider what they thought and felt at this momentous time in our history.
(Left) Silhouette of Principal Chief John Ross, 1841. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
(Right) Silhouette of General Winfield Scott, 1840. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1835.
Location. 35° 16.851′ N, 84° 45.651′ W. Marker is in Charleston, Tennessee, in Bradley County. Marker can be reached from Hiwassee Street (U.S. 11) north of Market Street NE, on the right when traveling north. Marker is behind the Hiwassee River Heritage Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8746 Hiwassee Street, Charleston TN 37310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Warning and a Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named A Warning and a Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); Spare Our PeopleSpare Our People (within shouting distance of this marker); Anticipation Grows (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Anticipation Grows (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparing for Removal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Preparing for Removal (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.