Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2B 33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 24.36′ N, 85° 0.992′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker is on Hiwassee Highway (State Highway 60 at milepost 2), 4 miles north of Birchwood Pike (State Road 312), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located near the south end of the Tennessee River (Tri-County Veterans) Bridge on TN-60 at the Rhea/Meigs County line. Marker is in this post office area: Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Blythe Ferry (approx. half a mile away); "Your Fate is Decided" (approx. 0.6 miles away); "To Learn and not Forget" "Orders No. 25" (approx. 0.6 miles away); General Winfield Scott (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Chains of Friendship" (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (approx. 0.6 miles away); "A Desire to Possess" (approx. 0.6 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
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
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