Update re: Trail of Tears Route from Fort Buffington to Fort Wool confirmed.

Update re: Trail of Tears Route from Fort Buffington to Fort Wool confirmed.

14 August 2015

Documentary evidence confirming that the Fort Buffington Cherokees took a northern route to Fort Wool rather than the more southern route taken by the Sixes Cherokees has been established.

For some years we have believed this to be the case but did not have the Dautzenleins connected. The “dots and lines” are now connected!

County land records, Cherokee County Court records, eye-witness reports, maps, travel times, and military records connect to give us a good picture of this portion of the Trail of Tears.

While most sources, like the National Park Service and Trail of Tears Association have shown the Trail going south and then west from the Canton area, we now know it went north and then west to arrive near New Echota and Fort Wool.

The leg of this route beyond Reinhardt’s still needs more documentation but there were only two major routes across at that time, one through Pine Log and the other through Sallacoa.

Now more data may be found as the Dautzenleins of this route are observed and connected to fill out history in this area.

Details and references are in our book: The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington (3rd  Edition, September 2015).

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Trail of Tears Routes from Fort Buffington and Sixes to Fort Wool

The question recently came up:  What routes did The Cherokee take from Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment as they started on the Trail of Tears?  We put together several references and now have a good view of how they traveled according to the National Park Service and another possibility.

Trail of Tears Routes from Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment

The NPS suggests that the Fort Buffington Cherokee traveled west on old Alabama Road to Donaldson’s Ferry on the Etowah, north of Cherokee Court House / Etowah / Canton @ Land Lot 167/14/2.

Once across the Etowah, they would have traveled west on a road (that was layed out in 1834/35) and followed an early trail called Warford’s Trail (Wofford’s Trail) that went to Wofford’s Cross Roads.

The Trail would have turned southwest to join up with the road that ran from Downings Ferry to Cassville.

Two trails, sometimes called Upper and Lower Sweetwater, join at Laffingal and then head west, then northwest to Cassville. In 1838, Lower Sweetwater was part of the old Alabama Road, sometimes called Downing’s Ferry Road, as it continued west of Canton, across the Etowah at Downing’s Ferry and on to Laffingal and points west.

From Cassville the Trail ran for awhile on the road “from Cassville to Coosawattee” and then branched, just north of the South Fork of Two Run Creek, northwest to Adairsville and on to Calhoun and Fort Wool near New Town / New Echota .

The Sixes Cherokee crossed the Etowah at Brookes Ferry on Land Lot 216/15/2. This was north of Sixes mines, now the Bridgemill area. This route would have given the Cherokee one last look at the Sixes Village with the large Town House at its center as the trail climbed out of the river lands and up to old Alabama Road / Downing’s Ferry Rd on the same route to Cassville.

Dautzenlein Connections also point to an alternative possibility that Fort Buffington Cherokees and Sixes Cherokees took different routes to Fort Wool.

The Sixes Cherokees probably took the route above, starting at Brooke’s Ferry and following Downing’s Ferry / Alabama Road west to Ft. Wool.

The Buffington Cherokee may have taken a different, more northerly route from Donaldson’s Ferry, at Canton, northwest thorough what is now Waleska, on to Pine Log, and up to Ft. Wool. We’ve coined this the “140 Route” as it generally follows Georgia Route 140 from Martin’s Ferry, a gateway into the Cherokee Nation on the Chattahoochee River, up to Canton and all the way to Adairsville near Calhoun. Court documents from 1836 mention this “road from Canton to New Town” and its proximity to L. W. Reinhardt’s.

More research is needed to definitively map the routes but these are the two possibilities that are the most probable.

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

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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 50 photos, illustrations, and maps.  Order Papaerback here.




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


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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 the warnings and lessons of 1838  are echoed in today’s headlines.

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Trail of Tears Round-up Routes: Fort Buffington and Sixes Encampment to Fort Wool at New Echota

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The Cherokee Removal, often referred to as the Trail of Tears, is one of the most complex, confusing, and heartbreaking periods of American history. While much has been written about it, much still remains a mystery. The exact locations of all but a few of the more than twenty Removal forts and posts have been lost to time. Consequently, most of the initial Trail of Tears routes taken by the Cherokee and the soldiers have also been lost.This report presents the latest information about two of the Trails connected to two Removal sites in Cherokee County, Georgia. The purpose of this report is: To document newly recovered historical information; present it, as found; and report the findings in an organized form. The report also proposes some hypotheses.The style of the report is designed to be a resource for researchers and still interesting to any “history nut”.

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 The Hidden History of Lake Allatoona: the Sixes, Cherokee Mills, Little River Area of Cherokee County, Georgia

“Today, looking out across the broad expanse oaaaaaaaf 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. Down the Little River toward the Etowah River, just out a short distance from the ends of the docks behind Little River Grill,  is the former location of historic Cherokee Mills and its dam. 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. Photos, illustrations and maps assist the reader to appreciate the area and its history. Order paperback here.


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