Passing Through Murfreesboro

Passing Through Murfreesboro (HM1PDS)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.835', W 86° 26.07'

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In fall 1818, over 11,000 Cherokee in nine organized groups passed by here as they continued on their Trail of Tears toward Indian Territory in the West. The Cherokee had been traveling for a few weeks but had already crossed the Tennessee River and the perilous Cumberland Plateau. Ahead lay greater dangers. They would have to cross the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and the winter of 1838-1839 would be one of the harshest in memory.

The majority of Cherokee were literate in the Cherokee language and many spoke and wrote in English, but few chose to leave a record of their experiences of the Trail of Tears. Most of the records that survived were left by American missionaries or soldiers who sometimes accompanied the Cherokee. Captain B.B. Cannon of the Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, who traveled with a group of Cherokee a year before the forced removal, described passing through the Murfreesboro area.

Oct. 24, 1837, Marched at 1/2 after 7 co. A.M. arrived at Mr. Yearwood's at 4 oc. P.M. rained last night and to day made 15 miles. Issued corn & fodder, cornmeal and bacon.

Oct. 25, 1837, Marched at 800 buried Andrews child at 9 1/2 oc. A.M. Passed through Murfreesboro and arrived at overalls Creek 4 oc. P.M. 14 miles today. Issued corn and fodder.

Trail of Tears by Brummett Echohawk
Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
Placed ByTrail of Tears National Historic Trail National Trail System National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 551044 N 3970851
Decimal Degrees35.88058333, -86.43450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.835', W 86° 26.07'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 50.1" N, 86° 26' 4.2" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Park Rd, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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