Myth and Myth-information

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Among many other subjects related to the history of the Trail of Tears, the subject of myth and myth-information stands quite relevant.

As noted in an earlier post, the most famous eye-witness account of the Trail has been found to be fraudulent. How do things like this become accepted fact?

Ultimately, some historians, who have long been considered to be The Keepers of Historical Truth, have let us down. Certainly all historians have a daunting job, to convey some sense of history, often from very limited data.

In the same way that we turn over much of the oversight of our country to elected representatives, we turn over the oversight of our history to historians. We can trust them, can’t we? Dare we?

How much confidence would you have in someone who told you…

“I’m not a historian”.I’m a storyteller. I happen to work in American history. I’ve got a lot of interest in telling complicated and intertwined and good stories in American history”  “We … sort of backfill (the story)… with a lot of intellectual stuff.”?

Now, how would you feel knowing that, that person is probably the most, well-known “historian” on the planet and someone whose works are widely used in classrooms?

Find out who that is, and more of the story, in Chapters 1 and 2, of our new book: Seeking the Origins of the Trail of Tears.

The Press “closed against” Cherokee Chief John Ross.

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The following quote is from a letter written by Lucy Ames Butler, wife of Dr. Elizur Butler, a physician/missionary who ministered to the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.

I know many friends of the Indians have set down in despair, thinking oppression has been carried so far, nothing now can be done. I will mention one person who thinks otherwise; and it may surprise you when I tell it is John Ross, the principal Chief of these oppressed Cherokees. In speaking of the distresses of his people, I have heard him with subdued agitation of feeling, with calmness and confidence say, “Though for years, the Press has been closed against us, and the few friends we have left, have at times, been ready to think we must sink to ruin unheard; yet I cannot think the United States’ Government is so lost to all justice, that our wrongs will not be redressed, if the truth is fairly set before those, who have the power to do it.” With these feelings, this man has presented himself at our seat of Government year after year; and though false reports, in almost every form, have been circulated against him, and indignities heaped on him and his associates, and withal being told by the highest Authorities of our Government, that he must accept [the] terms already offered, that nothing more favourable would ever be granted, yet the returning Congress has again found him at Washington pleading for his people.” – Lucy Butler, Jan.1839

The whole letter and more about how the power of the Press was “weaponized” is in our new book: Seeking the Origins of the Trail of Tears.

Readers will be introduced to the almost “schizophrenic” nature of the Press in the Cherokee Nation, in the 10 years leading up to the Trail of Tears.

The big question is: Did the Press reflect the attitudes of the People, or did it fashion the attitudes of the People? This question is still an incredibly relevant one today!

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Two Recent Paperback Book Releases from Vogt-Dautzenlein Research!

The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington, Cherokee County, Georgia 1838 – 2019

NEW, Updated, Expanded, and in Paperback! 

 

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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.

Order Papaerback here.

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Our second book is an introduction into a forensic investigation of the Cherokee Removal and Trail of Tears.

 

Investigating the Legend: Curious Documents Echo Ominous Warnings from the Past

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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.

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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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Words of Wisdom for 2019

7th January 2019
It seems only fitting at the beginning of a new year to reflect upon some words of wisdom that were gleaned from research we did over the past year. There’s no particular reason why these words of wisdom were chosen, only that they had some reference to what we learned over the last year, and may have some reference to the year ahead.

In this piece we will not try to expand upon these words of wisdom, we will just put them out there. At some later date we may revisit this but for right now, they are simply, words of wisdom

Number one:

It may not be your fault but it becomes your responsibility.

Number two:

Let your most prized possessions be only those that will survive a shipwreck.

 

 

 

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“Research & Discovery” talk at the Rock Barn

We would like to once again thank the Cherokee County Historical Society , Director Stefanie Joyner, and Staff  for having us speak at the Rock Barn, in Canton, last Tuesday evening.

We also thank all of you who attended. We met and spoke with many interested (and interesting) people. There were attendees from Cherokee, Bartow, Cobb, and even Gwinnett Counties! A very nice group.

As always, there just isn’t enough time to cover everything in 30 -40 minutes. There was still a rather large group hanging out, talking, and sharing history when  “the lights finally turned off “.

If anyone is interested in further talks, meetings, classes, or discussions, please let us know and we will see about arranging something.

Contact us here at “Comment” or email: dautzenlein@aol.com

Remember, when it comes to historical research and discovery: Write it down… a short pencil beats a long memory!

 

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Oops! We forgot to mention that Georgia Backroads magazine…

… has an article about some of our research in the Spring 2018 IssueThe article is about searching for the lost location of the Cherokee Removal fort, Fort Buffington,

Georgia Backroads is the premier magazine of Georgia history. If you are not familiar with the magazine… check it out, wherever magazines are sold. You’ll be glad you did.

The last entries here at dautzenlein.com have been about the actual routes and roads taken by the Cherokee from the two Cherokee County Removal forts. This research came directly out of our fort research and we were feverishly trying to discover definitive proof of the actual routes in time for the June 26th, 180 year commemoration of the Removal.

We had our attention on this endeavor and forgot to mention Georgia Backroads.

 

 

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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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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.

See our 2019 book, The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington

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