Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2B 32.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 24.92′ N, 85° 1.351′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker is on Hiwassee Highway (State Highway 60) 5 miles south of Rhea County Highway (U.S. 27), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south side of the Tennessee River (Tri-County Veterans) Bridge near 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Blythe Ferry (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Blythe Ferry (approx. 0.9 miles away); "To Learn and not Forget" "Orders No. 25" (approx. 1.1 miles away); General Winfield Scott (approx. 1.1 miles away); "Your Fate is Decided" (approx. 1.1 miles away); "Chains of Friendship" (approx. 1.1 miles away); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
More about this marker. There is a second Blythe Ferry marker on the north side of the bridge in Rhea County, number 2B 33.
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
— Submitted January 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 616 times since then. Last updated on January 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.