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Meigs County Tennessee Historical Markers

 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
"A Desire to Possess" Marker
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "A Desire to Possess"
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. It ended the century long treaty relation that had defined Anglo-American, Cherokee relations. The debates that preceded the removal legislation set off fierce debates. Public opinion . . . — Map (db m39497) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "An immense amount of suffering"
As they trudged westward, the parties that left Blythe's Ferry in the early fall of 1838 endured lingering health problems from diseases, such as diarrhea, dysentery, measles, and whooping cough, which began during their long stay in stockades. . . . — Map (db m39538) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Chains of Friendship"
The Cherokee people made their homes in the river valleys that spread out of the southern Appalachian Mountains. They claimed a domain that stretched across present-day North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama. They also claimed hunting . . . — Map (db m39494) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Farewell to our native land"
In addition to losing their land to the American government, many Cherokees fell prey to robbers and thieves who operated near the camps and along the roads leading west. "We are now about to take our final leave and kind farewell to our native . . . — Map (db m39532) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Forced from this country"
In hopes of avoiding bloodshed, American military leaders made one final appeal to the Cherokee people. It contained both promises of protection and threats of doom. The President, as well as Congress, have decreed that you should remove from . . . — Map (db m39499) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Given by the Great Spirit above"
During the 18th century, Cherokees worked hard to defend their homeland from invasion by Anglo-Americans. The nature of Cherokee politics - dispersed and locally defined - often hampered unified resistance to the invaders. In 1809, the Cherokee . . . — Map (db m39495) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Not a treaty at all"
Although American legislation declared an end to Cherokee sovereignty, most of those remaining in the Nation continued to resist. In December 1835, however, a small party of Cherokee signed the Treaty of New Echota. The agreement promised that the . . . — Map (db m39498) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Orders No. 25"Gen. Winfield Scott's Proclamation to the Cherokee People — ~10 May 1838~
Cherokees! The President of the United States has sent me with a powerful army, to cause you, in obedience to the treaty of 1835, to join that part of your people who have already established in prosperity on the other side of the Mississippi. . . . — Map (db m39491) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "The People were over"
Moving the thousand's of people and about 5,000 horses and 500 wagons across the Tennessee River at Blythe's Ferry proved slow. Some crossings took as long as three days. "I reached Blythe's ferry on Sunday evening last, and found the great body . . . — Map (db m39536) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "They drove us out of our house"
Beginning on May 26, 1838, soldiers began rounding up Cherokee women, men, and children. They showed little concern or respect for families or their property. In the first days, confusion abounded as soldiers and militiamen gathered individuals . . . — Map (db m39530) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "To Learn and not Forget"
In the spring of 1838, American military forces evicted the Cherokee Nation from its homeland. Nearly 16,000 women, men, and children - including nearly five hundred Muskogee Creek Indians, and slaves belonging to Cherokee owners -- were forced from . . . — Map (db m39492) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "To Learn and not Forget"
"The Trail of Tears was a tragedy for a progressive and independent people whose population was markedly decreased as a result of the hardships associated with lengthy confinements and a lengthy arduous journey. The forced Removal left an . . . — Map (db m39540) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Very loth to go on"
The detachments approached Walden's Ridge within days of leaving Blythe's Ferry. The climb up the mountain proved difficult. Supplying food to both people and animals became a major problem. Particular hardship accompanied the climb up Walden's . . . — Map (db m39537) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Your Fate is Decided"
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, . . . — Map (db m39493) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Your Fate is Decided"
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, . . . — Map (db m39529) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — 2B 33 — Blythe Ferry
Around 1809, William Blythe, a Cherokee, established a ferry at this site to provide transportation for the settlers to the west and the Cherokees to the east. During the 1838 Trail of Tears, it was an important crossing, and it played a military . . . — Map (db m39468) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Blythe Ferry
One of the worst acts of "man's inhumanity" took place when an entire race of peoples were driven from their lands in 1838. It was here at Blythe Ferry that approx. 9000 Cherokees and Creeks camped while waiting to cross the Tennessee River on their . . . — Map (db m39469) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — 2B 32 — Blythe Ferry
Around 1809, William Blythe, a Cherokee, established a ferry at this site to provide transportation for the settlers to the west and the Cherokees to the east. During the 1838 Trail of Tears, it was an important crossing, and it played a military . . . — Map (db m62612) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Blythe's Ferry
Nine detachments ranging in size from 729 to 1,766 individuals began crossing the Tennessee River at Blythe's Ferry in October, 1838. Cherokee leaders, called conductors, Hair Conrad, Elijah Hicks, Reverend Jesse Bushyhead, Situwakee, Captain Old . . . — Map (db m82269) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Cherokee Control
Throughout the spring and summer of 1838 Principal Chief John Ross and a group of Cherokee delegates negotiated with the United States War Department to take control of conducting the parties west. Just as the first groups departed under United . . . — Map (db m82270) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Cherokee Syllabary
By the beginning of the 19th century, many Cherokee had adopted many white ways of living. They built American type farms, wore American style clothes, developed American style systems of government and began buying African slaves to work on . . . — Map (db m82271) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — General Winfield Scott
General Winfield Scott followed John Wool (1836-1837) and William Lindsay (1837-1838) as commander of Federal troops in the Cherokee nation. Scott arrived at New Echota, Cherokee Nation on April 16, 1838 and assumed command of the "Army of the . . . — Map (db m39454) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Letters from Blythe's Ferry
Sir 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 . . . — Map (db m39535) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — Remaking a Nation
Upon arrival in the western territory, the Cherokee emigrants settled among several thousand Cherokee Old Settlers. Relations proved rocky and a generation of conflict followed. Despite the tensions the Cherokee began to rebuild their lives and . . . — Map (db m39539) HM
Tennessee (Meigs County), Georgetown — 2A-78 — Hiwassee Campground
Early 19th Century Methodist revival meetings were held 300 yds. SE on the farm of Thomas Palmer, Jr. Later, David Campbell gave 1¼ acres to the Hiwassee Cumberland Presbyterian Campground and Church October 1, 1844. Troops bivouacked here during . . . — Map (db m73931) HM

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