Event! Investigating the Legend

“Hope you know that your story shook me to my core.” –

(A comment from someone who heard just the first five minutes of the talk.)

“Investigating a Cherokee Legend”

Free/Open to the Public

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Sponsored by The Stamp Creek History & Heritage Center. Come join us at the American Legion in Cartersville, GA  at 525 Martin Luther King Jr St., behind Hobby Lobby.

Does an earlier genesis of a two hundred year old Cherokee legend foretell the future as well as it captures the past? Join us for this exciting story!

Larry Vogt, historical researcher, writer and avocational archaeologist joins us with a new, fascinating story of the Cherokee. Larry has intensely researched early Cherokee County, Georgia history and has written five books:
The Hidden History of Lake Allatoona, The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington, Dautzenleins: Making Sense of Things, Trail of Tears Round-up Routes: Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment to Fort Wool at New Echota, and Investigating the Legend: Curious Documents Echo, Ominous Warnings from the Past.

His quest to locate the lost site of Fort Buffington and local Trail of Tears routes has been featured in newspaper and magazine stories.
Larry writes and speaks about the value of understanding history. Through Vogt-Dautzenlein Historical Research, he works to recover and document our lost heritage.
Come join us for this free, open to the public discussion and learn some great history, and hear about Larry’s new book!

Sponsored by The Stamp Creek History & Heritage Center. Come join us at the American Legion in Cartersville, GA,  at 525 Martin Luther King Jr St., behind Hobby Lobby.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

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Now Available in Paperback! Hidden History of Lake Allatoona

By popular demand, Hidden History of Lake Allatoona: The Sixes, Cherokee Mills, Little River Area has now been released as a paperback and is available here from Amazon.com.

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Discovering and Connecting the Dots and Lines that led to the Cherokee Removal and “Trail of Tears” : Part One

An Adventure and Shipwreck

How many of you have planned a simple adventure; perhaps a short hike, a visit to a historic site, an afternoon ride, or a day at the lake?

Some people just head out; others may throw some snacks in their pocket; and others may take a camera, a map, or other items they think necessary. Typically, the bigger the adventure, the more preparation is needed.

In our last blog, we offered some “Words of Wisdom”. One of those was, “Let your most prized possessions be only those things that will survive a shipwreck.”

So, what does this have to do with the “Trail of Tears” and history and adventures, you ask?

Very good question!

In fact, what does that saying even mean?

Well, picture this.  You find yourself washed up on a strange, deserted beach, in a strange land, with nothing but the clothes on your back; no cell phone, no friends, “no nothing”; what skills or abilities would you have to help you understand things, deal with the situation, and survive?

That is sort of what happened when we began our six-year adventure into the examination and research of different aspects and sites of the Cherokee Removal. We found that, while much has been written about the Removal and Trail of Tears, there was comparatively little original, or primary source, information documented and available.

A writer or historian’s opinions, feelings, or conjecture about a subject can be interesting, thought-provoking, or heart-felt but are they accurate, based on primary sources.

Primary sources are things that were written or recorded at the time, by people who were there and involved. These would be eye-witness or contemporary accounts and records of that specific time and place.

When we dove into the waters of the Removal, we washed ashore and found little or nothing to lead us to the answers of our questions.

As an example:

Of the twenty-five, or so, forts and posts set up and occupied by the militia and soldiers involved in the Removal, the locations of all but one or two have been completely LOST!  How can you lose a fort!  How can you lose TWENTY-THREE forts?  How can there be no records?

Forts were not the only things lost and we’ll explore many of the other things, together, in the days to come.

A New Beginning

We found that we had to come up with a different way to research this topic. We needed something that would help us uncover clues and point us where to look for the next clue, and then help us relate all these clues to “the big picture”.

We developed what we call, the Dautzenlein.  It’s pronounced, “Dots-n-line”

The “Dautzenlein” is simply a new tool for making sense of things and will be explained in our next postings.

The Adventure Ahead

The series of upcoming posts will explore previously known connections and relationships of people and events that led to the forced removal and relocation of Cherokee Native Americans in 1838, as well as some dramatic, newly recovered connections! This 1838 event is often called ”the Removal” or “The Trail of Tears”.

The Removal is an incredibly complicated and complex subject that includes some heart-wrenching and tragic consequences. If a person can gain a fuller understanding of what happened and what elements combined to cause it, they can learn many lessons. If, as they say, “History repeats itself”; then this is one “lesson” that everyone should know about!

We will present new tools, skills, and information, to enable the reader to be able to “connect the dots” of history for themselves. These new tools and skills can be used in all areas of study or life.

Ultimately, no one can teach us anything unless we agree to learn it. It’s a two-sided thing. The best educators will enthusiastically invite a student to look at something and then assist the student to learn more about it. We must adventure into the unknown and discover things for ourselves if we truly want to understand them. When complex topics and issues overwhelm our abilities to understand them, we tend to lose interest or give up. We are all capable of understanding things. We just need to avoid getting overwhelmed by the initial confusions.

Washing up on strange shores can be confusing and overwhelming. The Dautzenlein tool can immediately begin to sort out the chaos.

Keeping in mind that our readers vary from young to old, students to professors; we will start out with very simple points, observations, and data. Then we will build to increasingly more advanced elements. This way, everyone can come along on the adventure!

Surprisingly,  the most simple idea can also be the most profound.

Our next posts will begin to address all this and more. We’ll even explore one Dautzenlein that led us to the possible site of one of those lost forts.

Stay Tuned!

 

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Plans for 2019: Dautzenlein Connections

7 January 2019

It’s a new year and Dautzenlein Connections is going to change things up a little bit. This comes as a result of six years of intense research into several aspects of the Cherokee Removal or “Trail of the Tears”, in North Georgia.

During this last year, 2018, Vogt-Dautzenlein Research and Documentation finished two research projects that resulted in two reports. The reports and presentations made to the  Georgia Department of Transportation, the United States Corps of Engineers, Cherokee County Historical Society, the Stamp Creek History and Heritage Center, and a round-table of academics and historians has culminated in our findings being introduced at two museums this Fall.

This year also saw the Spring 2018 issue of Georgia Backroads Magazine feature a story about our efforts and research to locate and preserve the lost site of Fort Buffington, one of the removal forts in North Georgia. Vogt-Dautzenlein is fortunate to be a Consulting Party for Department of Transportation, under Section 106 of the National Historic preservation Act, relating to two different highway projects that impact Removal sites or trails.

The last six years have been incredibly intense, research years. That last statement may seem odd if you think that research is sitting in a library, reading dusty, old books. Searching for lost historical people places and things, under the deadline of approaching bulldozers and doom, can be exhausting! This may not be an “Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom” type doom but one does experience the feeling of that famous boulder scene when the giant boulder rolls down towards “Indy”. For the last six years it seemed like the boulder was gaining ground on us.

In 2019, we are going to focus on the documentation part of Vogt-Dautzenlein Research and Documentation. In one of my talks I joked that, when it comes to history, “ A short pencil beats a long memory “.  In other words, Write it down before it gets lost, again. That’s what we are going to do over this next year.

We are going to publish some discoveries that we made over the last 6 years, right here on these pages, in an effort to  document and preserve the knowledge. We are also going to share some observations, musings, and perhaps even an opinion or two.

Keep checking back this year because there will be regular installments of new  and exciting information that we have recovered during our research.

 

 

 

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Today’s Newspaper Article: Mis-statements regarding the Trail of Tears in Bartow County, Georgia

Our research concerning one of the possible routes of the Trail of Tears through Bartow County , Georgia has just been incorrectly attributed, grossly misquoted, and woefully mis-stated in a Cartersville, Georgia, newspaper article.

To a researcher, this feels like the term “fake news” they talk about on TV , these days.

These kinds of errors, intentional or unintentional, create further mis-information and undermine years of careful and methodical research. Much of our time is spent correcting the mis-information of past historians, and others, that does not match newly discovered, primary source material.

Mistakes happen, we all make them. It just means that now we have even more mis-information to correct.

On the bright side, if this article inspires someone to uncover that last confirming or refuting piece of evidence, it will have had a beneficial effect.

We have spent the last 10 years gathering historical facts.

The shock of reading an article that has incorrect “facts” attributed to our research is mind-boggling to say the least!

Within the next week, our research report: Trail of Tears Round-up Routes: Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment to Fort Wool at New Echota will be available via this site. Check back for the real story.

Link to Report.

 

 

 

PowerPoint Slides from “Decoding the Keyes Map” Presentation

We have no video or narration available from Tuesday’s meeting but we do have the PowerPoint slides for those of you who have been asking. They are somewhat self explanatory.

Click on link below and then click on first image to start the slide show, which is on a 10 second automatic cycle. The slides can be paused, replayed, etc.

*March 2019 note: The slide presentation has been deleted and the research is now available in the updated and expanded report, Trail of Tears Round-up Routes: Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment to Fort Wool at New Echota, available here.

 

 

 

Dautzenlein Updates: February 2018

It has been some time since our last post and much has happened! It is time to report briefly on two topics.

First, we have been working with Georgia Department of Transportation to provide them research and artifacts related to the possible site of Fort Buffington in Cherokee County, Georgia. We had the opportunity to meet and make formal presentations to GDOT personnel and their contractor on two occasions, and have had many informal consultations over the last 5 months.

Their report is due out later this spring with recommendations and conclusions related to the highway improvement and its impact on historical resources along the corridor.

Last summer, GDOT archaeologists ask us to stop any onsite research until their process was complete and we agreed. The result is that we have little new to report but would like to acknowledge their sincere interest and cooperation in preserving history.

Second, the “extra” time gleaned from our reduced, on-site research gave us time to re-visit the Trail of Tears Round-up routes, here in Cherokee County. As previously posted, our research has suggested different Cherokee Removal routes than those shown and described in National Park Service maps and reports.

We now believe we have the documentation and dautzenleins to make firm cases for both routes; the Fort Buffington and the Sixes Cantonment routes to Fort Wool at New Echota .

Stay tuned for the public announcement of the routes, sometime within the next few weeks!

 

 

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