TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

Apr 25, 2017 View Comments by

“Left Brainerd for the Cherokee camps … Thus we leave this place, 
perhaps never to return.” —The Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, October 4, 1839 Reverend Butrick departed from Calhoun, TN, with the Richard Taylor Detachment on the overland Northern Route. My wingman, Bob Brown, and me, however, initially follow a paved approximation of […]

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Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Feb 08, 2017 View Comments by

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death […]

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Tennessee Wildfire Threatens Trail of Tears

Nov 18, 2016 View Comments by

Just as we were preparing James T. Parks’ upcoming piece for print—part one of his journey across the historic Trail of Tears—we heard about the wildfire in eastern Tennessee. Since Wednesday, the wildfire in Monroe County, near Tellico Plains, has threatened homes, a business, and section of the historic trail. When, in 1838 and 1839, […]

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