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.




Hemorrhoids confirm historian’s hypothesis

How a tiny, “insignificant” Dot can “change a course” of history as it was known!

(A Dot in Dautzenlein lingo is a person, place, date, or event. Dautzenlein means “connecting the dots and lines”.)

Researchers are tasked with observing and revisiting information to discover more connections and other possibilities.

So often historians hear: “We really don’t have any significant information or relevant history handed down through our family.” or “All we have is an old letter or photo.”   To anyone who has historical documents, writings, maps, sketches, or photographs – please be aware that even the smallest thing can hold the biggest clue!

Here’s a true story about how extraordinary a mundane statement can be to a researcher.

In an appendix of John Latty’s book, Carrying off the Cherokee, there is a note about a soldier’s complaint that he got piles (hemorrhoids) while serving in the militia in June of 1838. Standing alone, this certainly adds some color to the drab palette of military records but that note dramatically adds a technicolor scene to our Dautzenlein research into the Trail of Tears as it relates to Fort Buffington.

Vogt-Dautzenlein has held that the Cherokee Trail of Tears from Fort Buffington to Fort Wool at New Echota took a different route than that proposed by the National Park Service and Trail of Tears Association, as shown on their maps and written in their descriptions.

This hypothesis was not taken very seriously as there was no known supporting evidence.  Vogt-Dautzenlein has now connected the dots, with evidence, from Fort Buffington to Donaldson’s Ferry and then to Waleska (see our earlier post and book) and NOW to Pine Log Town northwest of Waleska.

Thanks to this short “hemorrhoid” reference, a Fort Buffington solder, James Thrasher, is placed at Pine Log Town, about June 1, 1838. Since the Cherokee and their guards left Fort Buffington sometime between May 30 and June 2, it follows that Thrasher was probably on his way with the Cherokee to Fort Wool and that the course of the Trail ran through Pine Log Town after stopping near Waleska on the first night. The dots all connect!

In the grand scheme of things this does not alter the rotation of the earth on its axis but even seemingly inconsequential things can help connect some dots toward a fuller understanding of the Removal in North Georgia.


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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.

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Details re: Fort Buffington Location Theory

Fort Buffington

Cherokee County, Georgia

(December 2015)   Update!!!!

In August 2015, Vogt-Dautzenlein discovered a historic site believed to be that of Fort Buffington. See our post of December 7, 2015.



 (July 2014)  Update: Research over the last two years has led us to focus our attention on the “traditional” location for Ft. Buffington, in the Buffington community 5 miles east of Canton. We firmly believe that Hickory Flat has some close connection to the fort. Neither the location of the Fort or the connection to Hickory Flat has been definitively established. We have assembled new data and research into a book: The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington available from Amazon.com and are still actively researching both areas. The posting below is still valid and will stand as a possibility until an exact fort location has been found.)

Vogt-Dautzenlein would like to release its findings on the location of the lost Cherokee Removal fort – Fort Buffington.

Through the application of the Vogt-Dautzenlein Theory, and contrary to the long held belief that the fort was located off Highway 20 east of Canton, Georgia near the town of Ft. Buffington, our research places the fort at a specific site more than 5 miles away. This new location meets more of the historical criteria known about the fort’s location.

At first glance, it would seem foolhardy to suggest that the Fort Buffington was not located at Fort Buffington, Georgia!

Perhaps if we had any reputation at all to protect, we would be more cautious and overlook a preponderance of facts but we have to go with the facts and the convergences of the Dautzenleins. (Ref. The Vogt-Dautzenlein Theory)

Known data regarding the fort and the data we Dautzenleined:

– It was near Canton, Georgia.

– It was north of Alabama Rd

– Captain E. Buffington selected the site of the fort in response to orders from Captain Lindsay.

– There was a map made by General Winfield Scott’s cartographer – Lieut. Keyes that gives distances between Removal forts and shows their relative locations.

– There are very detailed Quartermaster records of items received at the fort.

– There was a claim submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1860 by a landowner who claims his property was the location of the fort and there were damages to property caused by the soldiers cutting down his timber for building the barracks, stables, corn cribs, block-houses, forge, and pickets. There were also losses due to use of timber for fuel and damage done by Cherokee while on the property. Specific land lots are included in this claim and are near the town of Ft. Buffington.

– There are a few valuable first hand accounts of the fort.

– The fort was built and manned between Oct. 1837 and July 1838 – and then abandoned.

– A block-house of the fort and plans for its relocation and preservation efforts were mentioned in an 1895 newspaper article.

– In spite of the above-mentioned facts – the fort’s location has remained a mystery for almost 120 years!

A new look at the “old” facts

Our interest and research about Ft. Buffington came about suddenly and   “accidentally” during a different line of research.

We want to acknowledge and thank the many people and sources who have helped make this theory move toward reality. Their names are momentarily being withheld “to protect the innocent” in case this wild theory gets shot down. When the risk of embarrassment is over, they will be fully acknowledged.

After Dautzenlining all this data, we have determined the lost location is in the vicinity of – Hickory Flat, Georgia.

Hickory Flat is located almost straight south of the town of Fort Buffington.

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