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Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Your Fate is Decided”

 
 
"Your Fate is Decided" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
1. "Your Fate is Decided" Marker
Inscription. Both the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Treaty of New Echota aimed to accomplish removal through voluntary emigration. Such efforts largely failed and by 1838 only about 2,000 Cherokee affected by the treaty had moved west. For those remaining, hope for success remained alive as John Ross continued to negotiate with the American government.

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."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 24.423′ N, 85° 0.383′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in
General Winfield Scott image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
2. General Winfield Scott
General Winfield Scott lead military operations to remove the Cherokees from their native land.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park. 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. "To Learn and not Forget" (here, next to this marker); "Orders No. 25" (here, next to this marker); General Winfield Scott (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named "Your Fate is Decided" (here, next to this marker); "Chains of Friendship" (here, next to this marker); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (here, next to this marker); "A Desire to Possess" (here, next to this marker); "Not a treaty at all" (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
 
Categories. Native AmericansPoliticsWars, US Indian
 
President Martin Van Buren image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
3. President Martin Van Buren
President Martin Van Buren continued to enforce the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Treaty of New Echota enacted by his predecessor Andrew Jackson.
"Your Fate is Decided" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
4. "Your Fate is Decided" Marker
On the far right in this view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 22 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.
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