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

Letters from Blythe's Ferry

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By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
1. Letters from Blythe's Ferry Marker
The several detachments of Emigrating Cherokees under the charge of Messrs. Hair Conrad, Elijah Hicks, John Benge, Jesse Bushyhead, Sitewakee, James D. Wofford, Stephen Foreman, & Moses Daniel having signified their readiness for the road will take up the line of march as soon as their business at the office of the U.S. Commrs. shall be closed. In consequence of continued bad state of Mr. Conrad's health, Capt. David Colston has been appointed in his stead and will without delay conduct the detachment on. Mr. E. Hicks has taken the lead in the Emigration and has moved on with his party. From the great anxiety manifested by the people in the several detachments (notwithstanding the many embarrassments arising from sickness and intermeddling influences) I am fully persuaded we shall be able to have the entire Emigration in motion, as soon as every reasonable consideration will permit. To carry out our engagement in these respects I have deemed it necessary to make this my requisition for Two hundred and Sixty four thousand, nine hundred & Sixty dollars to meet the expenses of four detachments and which amount you please, order to be paid to me. I have the honor to be, Sir, very respectfully, yr. obt. Hble. Servt.

John Ross
Oct. 2nd, 1838


I embrace the opportunity to say to you that we arrived at
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By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
2. Letters from Blythe's Ferry Marker
Fifth from the left.
this place early in the day on yesterday, and up to this time, 10 o'clock AM, we have only succeeded in getting some twenty wagons across the (Tennessee) River. In fact I am constrained to the conclusion that the proprietors of the Ferry, influenced by the surrounding citizens (for lucrative purposes) are determined to retard all exertions on the part of the conductors to proceed with their detachments. Hence I would respectfully suggest the propriety, if practicable to {farm?} the use of the Ferry until you people have all crossed. Judging by the past, I believe that will consume a part of tomorrow in getting all our detachment upon the opposite bank.

J. Powell
Blythe's Ferry {Tennessee}
Oct. 16th, 1838


There were some sick persons with their friends of Wofford's party left near Blythe's Ferry, tow of them have died and the others recovered, they will now proceed in Mr. Hilderbrand's detachment - the number is stated to be eighty-five.

To Winfield Scott, Cherokee Agency
Nov. 12th, 1838


To Winfield Scott
Athens, Ten. Nov 9th, 1838

Requisition for funds to meet the issues of Provisions, soap, and forage made by Lewis Ross under his Contract with the Cherokee Nation, of the several detachments of Emigrating Cherokees during the time they were delayed and stopped by the drought and other unavoidable causes, up to the time said parties took up the line of march for the west, as pr. Abstract viz.

For 272,145 Complete rations of provisions at 16 cents per ration $43,543.20
For 8,164 11/16 lbs. Soap at 15 cents per lb. 1,224.70
For 120,034 rations of forage at 40 cents per rations 48,013.60
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 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); "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
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 346 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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