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

The documented information in this report may affect you, as it did one person who reported, ” It shook me to my core!”

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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.


Dautzenleins: Making Sense of Things

Dautzenlein making sens of things .1 Look at something around you. Whatever you see, there is more to it than first meets the eye. There are “hidden” connections waiting to be discovered. Dautzenleins are these connections, the vehicles to unlock the doors of discovery and understanding.

Dautzenleins (pronounced “dots -n- lines”) are the connections of people or things, places, dates, and events.

Dautzenleins are invitations to look and see “what else” is around you; to discover the “dots and lines” that connect everything. Discovery makes life exciting! Whether one discovers a new person, place, or idea, or discovers another way to look at something, it leads to understanding. All of life and history is a continuing discovery of the Dautzenleins around us. This book presents the basics of a new way of viewing things so you can begin to understand and use the power of the Dautzenlein.  We are constantly impacted by people, things, places, and events of the past and present, and how they relate to each other and to us. Some of these relationships are easy to see, while others often go unseen, almost hidden, even though they are very relevant and intriguing pieces of the picture. If we view people, places, and artifacts as “Dots”, and view the rivers, roads, ideas, communications, and commerce as “Lines”, we can connect the “Dots” and “Lines” and discover some amazing and interesting aspects of history!  Our “Rule”: No dot exists without, at least, one line connected to it and no line exists without at least two dots connected to it. From the above rule, we see that the smallest Dautzenlein unit is: two dots connected by one line.  Discover any connection, and more dots and lines will begin to fall into place from there… just start connecting! Order  eBook Here.

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