Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Erected by Alabama-Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Committee.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 12, 1809.
Location. 35° 24.564′ N, 85° 0.514′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker is on Blythe Ferry Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Blythe Ferry site on the south bank of the Tennessee River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Your Fate is Decided" (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Farewell to our native land" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Letters from Blythe's Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The People were over""Very loth to go on" (approx. 0.2 miles away); "An immense amount of suffering" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remaking a Nation (approx. 0.2 miles away); "To Learn and not Forget" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
1. Tennessee Civil War Trails
The Tennessee Civil War Trails map for Southeast Tennessee has the following information: "A company of the 5th Tennessee Infantry Regiment was stationed for over a year at the ferry to guard the mouth of the Hiwassee River. The war's official records note a skirmish at Blythe's Ferry on November 13, 1863. During an artillery duel on that date, Company A, 1st Ohio Light Artillery of the Union forces, suffered one heavily wounded casualty. A great deal of corn was stored on Jolly's Island adjacent to the ford which, since both sides were short of forage and flour, was highly desired by Union and Confederate armies alike."
— Submitted January 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 163 times this year. Last updated on January 5, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.