This 136 page Paperback Edition of our earlier eBook contains many updates and over 60 photos, illustrations, index, and maps. The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington is written to explore information, some known and some hypothesized or speculated, surrounding one of the several lost Cherokee “Removal” forts, Fort Buffington. 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 can be viewed as a symbol. Symbols capture our attention and pique our curiosities as they act to provide something we can see and perhaps touch about a subject otherwise lost or vaguely remembered. Symbols are links to our pasts and are 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 conclusion or resolution. While Fort Buffington is a symbol and 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. This paperback edition contains corrections, updates, and Appendices that discuss, among other things, the recent research and artifacts found during a survey undertaken to present evidence to Georgia Department of Transportation under the Section 106 portion of a highway improvement project which could threaten the possible site of Fort Buffington.
Fort Buffington, a major Cherokee Removal Fort located about five miles east of Canton, Georgia, curiously “disappeared” shortly after its closure. The starting point of the Trail of Tears for many Cherokee, all traces of this stockade seem to have suddenly vanished from the countryside about 50 years after its abandonment, even though it had been a landmark for years. What happened to it? Where was the fort located? What might it have looked like? This updated, expanded, and newly released paperback book of an earlier eBook contains facts and speculation, along with over 60 photos, illustrations, and maps.
Our second book is an introduction into a forensic investigation of the Cherokee Removal and Trail of Tears.
This Report is based on a Vogt-Dautzenlein presentation that addresses the Legend of the Cherokee Removal with a forensic look at some of the 180-200 year old documents related to the Removal and Trail of Tears.
One Dautzenlein Principle states: There is ALWAYS more to any dautzenlein* than first meets the eye! This could not be more true than it is here, as warnings and lessons from 1817 – 1838 are echoed in today’s headlines.
The documented information in this report may affect you as it did one presentation attendee, who reported, ” It shook me to my core!”
Does the real genesis of a two hundred year old legend foretell the future as well as it captures the past? Researching and documenting history is an interesting and challenging undertaking. Recovering information and then working to understand how it fits into the existing mosaic of history is the work of archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, and others. Museums undertake the care, preservation, and display of the artifacts of history so people have the opportunity to see and learn about our past. Books, movies, lectures, and artwork all strive to convey different aspects of history. Some of these aspects are interesting, others evoke emotions, some are fantasy, others teach us lessons, and some excite our curiosities.Sometimes researchers recover information that they were not intending to find. That is what happened here. Investigating the Legend of the Trail of Tears
* A Dautzenlein is the connection between the ” dots and lines” of history.