Update re: Trail of Tears Route from Fort Buffington to Fort Wool confirmed.
14 August 2015
Documentary evidence confirming that the Fort Buffington Cherokees took a northern route to Fort Wool rather than the more southern route taken by the Sixes Cherokees has been established.
For some years we have believed this to be the case but did not have the Dautzenleins connected. The “dots and lines” are now connected!
County land records, Cherokee County Court records, eye-witness reports, maps, travel times, and military records connect to give us a good picture of this portion of the Trail of Tears.
While most sources, like the National Park Service and Trail of Tears Association have shown the Trail going south and then west from the Canton area, we now know it went north and then west to arrive near New Echota and Fort Wool.
The leg of this route beyond Reinhardt’s still needs more documentation but there were only two major routes across at that time, one through Pine Log and the other through Sallacoa.
Now more data may be found as the Dautzenleins of this route are observed and connected to fill out history in this area.
Details and references are in our book: The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington (3rd Edition, September 2015).
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