Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
"Your Fate is Decided"
During 1837, American military leaders prepared to act. They marshaled soldiers and militiamen from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee within the Cherokee Nation. These troops began to build temporary forts from which they could base their moves against the roughly 16,000 Cherokee who remained in the Nation.
The American government, led by Andrew Jackson's picked successor, President Martin Van Buren, however, persisted in enforcing the treaty. With a deadline for voluntary emigration set to expire in May 1838 (two years after Senate ratification of the Treaty of New Echota), preparations to force the Cherokee from the homeland hastened.
"President Martin Van Buren ordered final preparations for eviction in May 1838."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these Government & Politics • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #08 Martin Van Buren, and the Trail of Tears series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1838.
Location. 35° 24.428′ N, 85° 0.375′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Blythe Ferry Road, 2 miles north of Hiwassee Highway (Tennessee Highway 60), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park. 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. Consequences (a few steps from this marker); Prelude (a few steps from this marker); General Winfield Scott (a few steps from this marker); "To Learn and not Forget" (a few steps from this marker); "Orders No. 25" (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named "Your Fate is Decided" "Chains of Friendship" (a few steps from this marker); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.