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Charleston in Bradley County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Spare Our People

 
 
Spare Our People Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 24, 2021
1. Spare Our People Marker
Inscription.  
Ask [the Cherokees] when they are going to remove west and they will answer you by saying they would rather die here than go west to die.
— General Nathaniel Smith, Superintendent of Cherokee Removal, to C.A. Harris, Cherokee Agency East (Charleston, TN), April 25, 1837

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(left) Thousands of Cherokee are estimated to have died as a result of removal, both in the camps and en route to Indian Territory. The payment voucher seen here is for 469 coffins for 185 adults and 284 children who perished at the Fort Cass internment camps over a period of approximately two months. Courtesy of Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
• Background: Calhoun Community Cemetery, formerly the Methodist Episcopal South Cemetery.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1837.
 
Location. 35° 16.863′ N, 84° 45.625′ W.
Spare Our People Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 24, 2021
2. Spare Our People Marker
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Marker is in Charleston, Tennessee, in Bradley County. Marker is on Market Street NE, 0.1 miles north of Hiwassee Street (U.S. 11), on the left when traveling north. Marker is on Voices from the Past Trail at 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 different marker also named Spare Our People (a few steps from this marker); A Warning and a Protest (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named A Warning and a Protest (a few steps from this marker); Anticipation Grows (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Anticipation Grows (within shouting distance of this marker); Voices from the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparing for Removal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Preparing for Removal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. It is double-sided, with each side identical to the other.
 
Also see . . .  Nathaniel Smith: Correspondence Regarding Cherokee Removal, April 1837. Full text of his letter, as transcribed from the original held by the National Archives. (Submitted on July 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Nov. 28, 2021