• Two Documents on the Cherokee Removal (1829 and 1830)
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But the President, Andrew Jackson, sent the army to march the Cherokees to Oklahoma anyway.

John G. Burnett's Story of the Removal of the Cherokees

John G. Burnett’s Story of the Removal of the Cherokees

Burnett’s Story of the Removal of the Cherokees Birthday Story of Private John G
According to local accounts "the severely simple fort" stood until about 1868. Gradually, Fort Hetzel and its role in the removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia receded into shadow and silence. In the absence of physical evidence and adequate documentation, the narrative of Cherokee removal from Georgia became sufficiently vague to simplify a complex story and accommodate any historical interpretation. Emerging details reveal its complexities and call for a deeper engagement of a singular historical tragedy. They point to greater ambiguity in the choices available to the Cherokees who found a brief measure of justice in the federal government’s protection of their rights until the removal deadline. They reveal the federal government’s failure to anticipate the scope of the removal initiative, which amplified its human, emotional, and economic costs. They illuminate the development of alternative narratives as Georgians ignored federal prerogatives, capitulated to emotional rhetoric, and sought comfort with arms and aggression. They bring to light the missing names and locations, activities and events, attitudes and motivations that make the history of Cherokee removal from Georgia a living and relevant discourse for the present. It is time to restore the missing pieces and set the record straight.

The Cherokee removal : a brief history with documents

During the war young businessman  served as Andrew Jackson's personal assistant and Ridge was place in command of the Cherokee unit.
The shoals and falls of the Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers testify to the area’s mountainous topography that limited the development of roads that would later be essential to removal. Georgia’s 1832 survey of Cherokee lands indicates a single road parallel to the Ellijay River on its west side. Occasionally crossing the river, the road ran north to Tennessee and south to the Talking Rock settlement on the . A second road (unnoted on the 1832 survey) linked Ellijay to North Carolina. In 1834 a third road was established as a mail route to the town of to the southeast. In the spring of 1838 the military opened a fourth road to connect Ellijay to the Federal Road at Coosawattee Town to the west. The restricted and difficult travel into and out of the mountain communities reinforced the seclusion of mountain Cherokees and reinforced a presumption of their hostility.

 

Jackson had the green light to order Cherokee removal

The turning point of this struggle was the discovery of a plan to move the members of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia to Arkansas.


The death of James Vann (probably unrelated to the war) in 1809 changed the leadership of the Young Chiefs faction to Charles Hicks and and the struggle evolved from determining the leadership of the Cherokee to the struggle of the Cherokee Nation against the United States.

Perdue, Theda and Michael D. Green, eds. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: St. Martin's Press, 2005.
The “Trail of Tears” is said to have passed through the southern end of Meigs County in 1838. Today we are champions of human rights and oppose the practice of ethnic cleansing. However, we have a chapter in our history involving the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from the southeastern US to make land available for white settlement. The park is intended to interpret and educate the public about the forced removal of the Cherokees from their ancestral land as well as inform them about the unique wildlife in the area, and provide recreational opportunities.


Northern Humanitarian Protest Over Cherokee Removal

Trail of Tears: a series of forced relocations of several Indian nations by the U.S. government in the 1830s and 1840s, following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The tribes forcibly removed during this time were the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole. The phrase “Trail of Tears” originated from an 1838 description of the Choctaw nation removal, in which one Choctaw chief told a newspaper that the forced migration was a “trail of tears and death.”

Facts for Kids: Cherokee Indians (Cherokees)

Lewis Cass: (1782-1866) American military officer, politician, and diplomat. He was the longtime governor of the Michigan territory, Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson, and Secretary of State under President James Buchanan. Cass was a supporter of Indian removal.

Information about the Cherokee Indians for students and teachers

Indian Removal Act: (1830) passed by Congress during President Andrew Jackson’s administration, the law authorized the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi River to American Indians in exchange for their ancestral homelands, which were within the existing borders of the United States.

The Cherokee (/ ˈ tʃ ɛr ə k iː /; Cherokee: ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ, translit

– Smithsonian Folkways
The segments of this unit offer an investigation of the impact of circumstance on the music of a people through examination of several musical selections from the Five Nations heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee in particular) during and following the Trail of Tears of 1831 and 1838 respectively.