Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Benge Route
The Trail of Tears
John Benge led one detachment of approximately 1100 Cherokee with 60 wagons and 600 horses that left from Alabama on about September 28, 1838 from camp in Wills Valley, approximately eight mile south of Fort Payne, Of all the routes of the Trail of Tears, Bengeís route is the most obscure. It is known that the group traveled through Huntsville and Gunterís Landing in Alabama and Reynoldsburg on the Tennessee River in Tennessee. Evidence also suggests that they crossed the Mississippi River at Columbus, Kentucky. Although the specific route of the Benge detachment is not known, a likely route has been determined through an examination of period maps. Reports to John Ross and General Scott from Benge detachment reveal that it crossed the Tennessee River at Gunterís Landing in Alabama and then headed north to Huntsville. From Huntsville, Bengeís detachment most likely entered Tennessee south of the community of Ardmore in Giles County along the general route of present day US 31.
In Tennessee, the Benge detachment traveled north from Ardmore to Pulaski where it crossed Richland Creek and then proceeded northwest through Mt. Pleasant, crossing the Natchez Trace, passing Centerville, crossing the
In Arkansas, Bengeís detachment continued until it reached Smithville. Form Smithville there are two logical routes that the Benge detachment might have taken. It is known that at least a portion of the detachment traveled south to Batesville. This group likely rejoined the main detachment possibly disbanded on January 17, 1839 near the Woodhall Farm west of the Arkansas state line.
The Benge Detachment in Giles County (possibly October 20-23, 1838)
The detachment led by John Benge most likely entered Tennessee south of the community of Ardmore in Giles County along the approximate route of present day US 31. This route took the detachment across the Elk River and through the community of Elkton. North of Elkton the detachment could have taken two possible routes to reach Pulaski. The most direct route in 1838 may have been a stage road that ran north from Elkton to Bunker Hill Road and then west and northwest to Pulaski. Another possible route was the Elkton-Pulaski Turnpike, which was a toll road
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 11.732′ N, 87° 1.795′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker is on Stadium Street near East College Street. Touch for map. Located in front of Trail of Tears Interpretive Center. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center (a few steps from this marker); Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Davis Avenue Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Adams (about 700 feet away); General John Adams, CSA (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
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