179th Anniversary of the Start of the Removal of the Cherokee Native Americans from Georgia

179 years ago today, the federalized Volunteer Georgia Militia began collecting the Cherokee for removal from Georgia. Countless elements came together to create this chapter of history.

Clashes of cultures have unfortunately been common throughout history on this planet. Our quest to find the site of Fort Buffington, a relic or artifact of such a clash,  is on-going and hopefully nearing its successful end.  Our motivation for finding this symbol is to preserve it and create an environment that fosters understandings of the factors that led to this troubling period of American history.

Our posting last May 25th is also still relevant. (Scroll down to read it)

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Historic Landmark Lost!

Sadly, Cherokee County, Georgia has lost one of its earliest historical landmark structures.

The Major John McConnell, Jr. house, built before the Cherokee Removal, has been torn down.

It overlooked McConnell land holdings, in the Hickory Flat area, that stretched from near New Light and Hickory Roads on into town where its earlier counterpart, the McConnell/Garrison/ Worley/Quarles house stood near the intersection of East Cherokee and Highway 140. John had followed his son, Eli, to the area.

When Brigadier General Eli McConnell and his brother-in-law, John B. Garrison moved into the Cherokee Nation in 1829-30 and co-founded Hickory Flat, they were the first settlers in the area. In fact, they were among the first settlers in the Cherokee Nation. McConnell and Garrison established homes, families, Post Office, and trade here at the crossroads of several early trails.

Eli’s two story house, first depicted on drawings from the 1832 land survey, had been Hickory Flat’s main historical building until it was lost to development some years ago. Now, John’s house, very similar architecturally, has been torn down. Neither house sparked enough attention to have them preserved.

It is interesting that “old” buildings, still within the childhood memories of folks, seem to have more importance than buildings that pre-date one’s memory.

All this is nothing new in the grand scheme of things, it’s just sad to see. Things do fade into history.

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Gone… Forever.  1834 – 2015

 The Dautzenlein Theory states, “ Dautzenleins* persist or decay based on the original intention of someone and the continued attention or inattention of others.” Those Dautzenleins perceived as more valuable will tend to become bigger and more solid; those perceived as less valuable or undesirable will fade and “disappear.”

 John McConnell’s original intention to have a house must have been very strong… it   lasted 181 years!

*Dautzenleins are the connections of people or things, places, dates, and events.

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Release of new eBook: The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington!

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Dautzenlein Publications announces the release of its most recent eBook – The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington.

The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington explores information, some known and some hypothesized or speculated, surrounding one of the infamous lost Cherokee “Removal” forts – Fort Buffington. Fort Buffington was one of the starting points of the Trail of Tears. There are over 40 illustrations, photos, and maps to assist the reader in the search for this lost piece of history.

The fort is just one piece of a complex pattern of dots and lines that form a bigger picture. Fort Buffington is a haunting element of an entire, almost hidden or perhaps purposefully ignored, period of American history.

Fort Buffington is a symbol. Symbols capture our attention and pique our curiosities as they act to provide something we can see and touch about a subject otherwise lost or vaguely remembered. Symbols are links to our pasts and objects of wonderment, and as many of us have experienced, lost things almost demand that they be found so there can be some kind of closure.

While Fort Buffington is one of those symbols or artifact of this whole subject, interesting in and of itself, we invite you to use it as a starting point for a continuing adventure. Read, discover, make your own observations, and form your conclusions about Fort Buffington and the people connected to this whole period of American history.

  • What factors came together to cause the fort to be built in the first place?
  • Did you know that at one time there was an entire autonomous “foreign” nation that existed fully inside the borders of the United States?
  • What did Fort Buffington look like?
  • What can we learn and discern by studying old maps of the area?
  • How could Fort Buffington and about 25 other forts and encampments, used as collection points from which to remove the Cherokee Native Americans from the Cherokee Nation, just disappear?
  • How can you can be part of the discovery process and perhaps uncover information that could help locate the lost Fort Buffington or bring about more knowledge of its history?

This eBook is available for smartphone, tablet, kindle, and computer. Available here.

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