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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Update on possible Fort Buffington site investigation

It has been a year since Vogt-Dautzenlein discovered the possible site of  Fort Buffington, in Cherokee County, Georgia.

Artifacts found, while consistent with the time period are not definitive by themselves, as daily life at a  volunteer militia frontier fort did not differ radically from that of most settlers. Removal forts were not heavily militarized since the Cherokee were not hostile. In some locales, the militia soldiers were not armed much more than a week before the collection action started. The volunteers were simply settlers who volunteered to serve under their local militia commanders. Most of Buffington’s outfit came from Hall County with some Cherokee County men volunteering once the post was established.

Landowners have granted permission to begin more extensive archaeological investigations that should lead to more definitive findings.

 

Vogt-Dautzenlein locates Historic Site believed to be Fort Buffington!

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Vogt-Dautzenlein Discovers Probable Location of Fort Buffington!

On August 23, 2015, documentary evidence was Dautzenleined (connected using Dautzenlein procedures) and it indicated a specific location. It is very exciting when Dautzenleins predict a location and it leads to discoveries!

Within two days, this location produced artifacts of the time period, type, and quantity to suggest that this is the probable site of the long lost Cherokee Removal fort – Fort Buffington.

Fort Buffington was one of the main forts along what is now called the Trail of Tears.

While the fort structure appears to have been relatively small, the site itself covers several acres and looks to have another adjoining “campus” possibly used by the Cherokee when they were collected for Removal.

Assuming this is the site, it clears up a lot of confusion that has existed about the fort and its location.

The sites and properties are privately owned by a number of individuals. No further information will be released at this time, as per landowners’ wishes.

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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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Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Removal

The Trail of Tears and the Removal of the Cherokee is a thread that is tightly woven throughout much of the history of Georgia. Northwest Georgia was formed directly from the lands of the original Cherokee Nation.

The term, “Trail of Tears”, has come to have several meanings. Most specifically, the Trail could be defined as the actual routes that displaced Native Americans traveled in order to get to the new reservations in Oklahoma. This is the definition we will be addressing in this post.

The term has also been used to include the whole series of events that led up to and culminated with the forced displacement of the Native American tribes of the southeastern United States during the 1830’s. We will use the term “Removal” when addressing this broader view of this historical period.

The sad details, events, and politics leading up to and surrounding the Removal have been subjects of much writing and debate.  Few people, then or now, believe that this chapter of our history was handled well. It was a most confusing, heartbreaking time and perhaps one of the darkest periods of American history.

We invite anyone unfamiliar with the Removal to spend some time reading about it and forming one’s own opinions about what happened and how it happened. Spend time viewing the events and elements of the Removal from each viewpoint, that of the Native American and that of the European American.

As much of our research and documentation centers in this area of the country, the subject of the Trail of Tears comes up often. There is an effort to designate the actual Trail and place historical markers along the way.

Where did the Trail start?

Technically it could be said to have started at the doorstep of each displaced person or family. It started in May of 1838, when small and large groups were forcibly gathered and led along existing roads and trails to centralized locations which were the Removal forts or encampments, set up to act as collection and departure points. Each fort or encampment had provision packets of blankets and food for those who were not otherwise prepared for the journey west to the “new” lands.

In Cherokee County, Georgia, the research for two of our books: The Hidden History of Lake Allatoona and The Curious Disappearance or Fort Buffington turned up some interesting information concerning the Trail. There were two Removal camps here: Fort Buffington, and the encampment or cantonment at Sixes. Removal camps were set up to be responsible for approximately a ten mile radius from each fort. There were relatively few roads and trails in the area at that time.

While we do not yet know the exact location of either camp, we can narrow their locations to within a mile or less and we do have maps and court records that indicate where the roads ran. With these sources at hand we can trace the routes that were available at that time.

By dautzenleining (connecting the dots) we can use the roads, fords, ferries, maps, and documentation to locate convergences and divergences of these elements and determine areas of high probability for routes and locations.

We know the locations of the ferries used to transport the Cherokee and soldiers across the main rivers here in Cherokee County. These ferries and the roads funneling to them could then be viewed as starting points in common for many along the Trail of the Tears.

 

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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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New e-Book Release from Dautzenlein Publications!

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Dautzenlein Publications has just released the ebook: The Hidden History of Lake Allatoona: The Sixes, Cherokee Mills, Little River Area.

It is available from Amazon at:http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-History-Lake-Allatoona-Cherokee-ebook/dp/B00HHE3B3A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387890474&sr=1-1&keywords=hidden+history+of+lake+allatoona

“Today, looking out across the broad expanse of the Lake Allatoona reservoir, most people just see a big lake. One might have difficulty imagining how this area looked before the dam was built, with the Little River flowing down to join the larger Etowah River at their confluence.

 * A confluence is the spot where two rivers meet and flow together.

 Lake Allatoona is formed by the dammed up waters of these two ancient, winding rivers.

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Looking down the Little River, from behind the Little River Grill, toward the Etowah River where an old Indian Village once stood. Just out a short distance from the ends of the docks is the former location of historic Cherokee Mills and its dam, and on June 16, 1864, a Civil War skirmish took place just a few yards from here.

 The primary focus of this book covers a radius of about two miles from the central point where the two rivers still flow together, deep below the surface of Lake Allatoona.  This is considered the “Sixes “ area, named for a Cherokee village once located here.

 The confluence is an unusual spot, surrounded by an incredible amount of rich history. It is a small epicenter or focal point of Dautzenleins spanning out and touching almost every aspect of North Georgia and its people – past, present, and future.

 As you will soon find out, places like Sixes, Cherokee Mills, and Little River are keys to understanding the history of this area.”

 

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