Blythe Ferry, Tennessee
N 35° 24.567 W 085° 00.511
16S E 680828 N 3920272
Quick Description: This marker at Blythe Ferry describes the forced extraction of the Indian peoples. Some descriptions of their condition and treatment at the Tennessee River crossing is included. A park near this marker has been dedicated to their memory.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 5:08:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM29CN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 66

Long Description:
One of the worst acts of "man's inhumanity to men" took place when an entire race of peoples were driven from their lands in 1838. It was here at Blythe Ferry that approx. 9,000 Cherokees and Creeks camped while waiting to cross the Tennessee River on their forced removal. They had bee held captive in stockades a few miles back. Many books have been written on the heart-wrenching description of what is now called, "The Trail of Tears". Butrick's journal describes their condition in the camps as "very much like brute animals - lieing down on the naked ground exposed to the wind and rain - like droves of hogs. "Butrick also states "But not only the Cherokees - the dear Creeks and Seminoles have fallen by the same means" fictitious fictitious treaties". He speaks of "Nanny as a slave" so this shows the diversity among the detachments. A mental picture of what happened here at Blythe Ferry can be drawn from these exerpts. Oct. 16th 1838 - 10 O'Clock AM "we have only succeeded in getting some twenty waggons across the river - proprietors of the Ferry - are determined to retard all excertions" J. Powell. The last detachment crossed Nov. 12th. 1838 "I reached Blythe's Ferry on Saturday Nov. 10 - found the great body of Mr. (Peter) Hildebrand's detachment of emigrating Cherokees quietly encamped - about twelve waggons had crossed - at dawn four boats were put in requisition and continued - until dusk - close of the day about sixty one waggons - across - this morning before 12 O'Clock eighteen waggons and all people were over." To Winfield Scott. This park is dedicated in memory to these peoples. May it serve as a touchstone for future generations.
Routes: Northern Route

Address if available:
Blythe Ferry Lane at the Tennessee River
Meigs CountyTN USA

Additional Information: Blythe Ferry Lane was S.R. 60 before the new highway and bridge were built.

Additional Coordinates: Not Listed

Marker Website: Not listed

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