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Historical Markers in Charleston, Tennessee

 
Clickable Map of Bradley County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Bradley County, TN (49) Hamilton County, TN (602) McMinn County, TN (53) Meigs County, TN (31) Polk County, TN (16) Murray County, GA (24) Whitfield County, GA (85)  BradleyCounty(49) Bradley County (49)  HamiltonCounty(602) Hamilton County (602)  McMinnCounty(53) McMinn County (53)  MeigsCounty(31) Meigs County (31)  PolkCounty(16) Polk County (16)  MurrayCountyGeorgia(24) Murray County (24)  WhitfieldCounty(85) Whitfield County (85)
Cleveland is the county seat for Bradley County
Charleston is in Bradley County
      Bradley County (49)  
ADJACENT TO BRADLEY COUNTY
      Hamilton County (602)  
      McMinn County (53)  
      Meigs County (31)  
      Polk County (16)  
      Murray County, Georgia (24)  
      Whitfield County, Georgia (85)  
 
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1Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — A New Home
It affords me sincere pleasure to apprise the Congress of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi. The measures authorized by Congress at its last session, with a view to the . . . Map (db m177976) HM
2Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — A New Home
I have often wished to enjoy your company once more but it is very uncertain whether I shall ever again have that pleasure. If we Cherokees are to be driven to the west by the cruel hand of oppression to seek a new home in the west, . . . Map (db m177983) HM
3Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — A Warning and a Protest
The full moon of May is already on the wane; and before another shall have passed way, every Cherokee man, woman and child in those states [North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee] must be in motion to join their brethren in . . . Map (db m177955) HM
4Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — A Warning and a Protest
We are overwhelmed! Our hearts are sickened, our utterance is paralyzed, when we reflect on the condition in which we are placed, by the audacious practices of unprincipled men...
— Principal Chief John Ross to the . . . Map (db m177958) HM
5Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Anticipation Grows
The [Agency] was thronged with Indians, contractors, teamsters and those persons who were attracted by prospects of gain.
— Lieutenant John Wolcott Phelps, June 21, 1838 Caption: Lieutenant John Wolcott Phelps . . . Map (db m177962) HM
6Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Anticipation Grows
The most intense anxiety of mind prevails throughout the nation.
— Lewis Ross to John Ross, Cherokee Agency (Charleston, TN), January 17 [and 18], 1838
The times are gloomy. The black clouds are . . . Map (db m177963) HM
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7Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Charleston on the HiwasseeA Strategic Crossing
Charleston, formerly Fort Cass during the “Trail of Tears” (Indian removal of 1838), was strategically important in the military struggle for East Tennessee. The East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad bridge here, the line’s only crossing . . . Map (db m69343) HM
8Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — 2A 111 — John McPherson1809-1897
John McPherson entered Cherokee territory as a miller and was an early settler in the Eureka Valley. In 1834 he was one of five founding members of Candies Creek Baptist Church. An active Unionist during the Civil War, he was imprisoned by the . . . Map (db m177951) HM
9Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Preparing for Removal
I have all necessary preparations made, having upwards of 600,000 rations on hand, and boats and wagons sufficient to my command to carry [the Cherokee] off comfortably.
— General Nathaniel Smith to C.A. Harris, . . . Map (db m177965) HM
10Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Preparing for Removal
Our situation is truly a critical one. Our whole country is full of troops and fortifications and should it be determined by the Govmt, to remove the Cherokees by force under the fraudulent Treaty by the kind of Soldiers which are . . . Map (db m177967) HM
11Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Prisoners
My troops already occupy many positions in the country that you are to abandon, and thousands and thousands are approaching from every quarter, to render resistance and escape alike hopeless. All those troops, regular and militia, are . . . Map (db m177970) HM
12Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Prisoners
The Cherokees are nearly all prisoners. They have been dragged from their houses, and encamped at the forts and military posts, all over the nation … Our brother [Jesse] Bushyhead and his family, Rev. Stephen Foreman, native . . . Map (db m177972) HM
13Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Sickness in the Camps
[A]s a very natural result of collecting and marching … men, women and children of all ages and conditions, changing suddenly, and very materially all their habits of life … We should feel little astonishment at finding a high grade . . . Map (db m177973) HM
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14Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Sickness in the Camps
On last Friday two Cherokee men came into our camps … for the purpose of ascertaining whether any thing could be done for their relief. … They said they left their families sick and one of them said he had lost one of his children … . . . Map (db m177975) HM
15Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Spare Our People
Ask [the Cherokees] when they are going to remove west and they will answer you by saying they would rather die here than go west to die.
— General Nathaniel Smith, Superintendent of Cherokee Removal, to C.A. Harris, . . . Map (db m177959) HM
16Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Spare Our People
In truth, our cause is your own; it is the cause of liberty and of justice, it is based upon your own principles … Spare our people! Spare the wreck of our prosperity! Let not our deserted homes become the monuments of our . . . Map (db m177961) HM
17Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — The Henegar House"A bird can't live here!"
During the war, Henegar House’s occupants, as in many other Tennessee homes, were divided in their loyalties. Henry Benton Henegar, the owner, was a Unionist while his wife, Margaret Lea Henegar, was a secessionist. Whenever Confederates occupied . . . Map (db m69346) HM
18Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Voices from the Past
In December 1835, a small faction of Cherokee, led by Major Ridge, John Ridge, Elias Boudinot, and others, acting on their own and without the consent of Principal Chief John Ross, signed the Treaty of New Echota, setting the conditions for the . . . Map (db m177914) HM
19Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — Voices from the Past
In December 1835, a small faction of Cherokee, led by Major Ridge, John Ridge, Elias Boudinot, and others, acting on their own and without the consent of Principal Chief John Ross, signed the Treaty of New Echota, setting the conditions for the . . . Map (db m177984) HM
20Tennessee (Tipton County), Charleston — Charleston United Methodist Church and Cemetery
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m200752) HM
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21Tennessee (Tipton County), Charleston — Rev. James McFerrin1784-1840
Born the same year as American Methodism, this 1812 soldier and farmer was converted at a camp meeting and was 20 years à Methodist preacher. He came to this community in 1834, became pastor of Wesley Circuit and died the year the Memphis Conference . . . Map (db m200741) HM
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2022