In late June 1838 a party of 1,070 poorly equipped Indians was marched overland from Ross' Landing at Chattanooga, TN, to Waterloo, AL because of low water in the upper Tennessee River. Following the general route of present-day U.S. Hwy. 72, they camped at Bolivar, Bellefonte, and Woodville (Jackson County, AL). About 300 escaped along the way, and on June 26, the remainder refused to proceed from Bellefonte. The local militia, under the command of Army Capt. G.S. Drane, was called out to get the group started and escort it to Waterloo. Arriving in miserable condition on July 10, 1838, the Cherokees were placed on boats to continue their journey West.
The "Trail of Tears", which resulted from the Indian Removal Act passed by U.S. Congress in 1830, is one of the darkest chapters in American history.
This historical marker will forever mark the beginning of this "Trail of Tears".
|Series||This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 5:22am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 654116 N 3880620|
|Decimal Degrees||35.05655000, -85.31000000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 3.393', W 85° 18.6'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 3' 23.58" N, 85° 18' 36.00" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||423, 931|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 119 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga TN 37402, US|
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