Human Meaning of Removal
This photo shows a segment of road believed to have been
used during the Cherokee removal of 1838.
Department of Environment and Conservation, Benjamin Nance,
the following documents and describe the hardships and dislocations
that the Indians faced along the Trail of Tears.
Whitmire was about five years old when she and her
parents, who were enslaved to a Cherokee family, were forced
to leave Georgia. She later described the process of removal.
Read Whitmire's account
a Cherokee woman whose mother was born along the Trail of Tears,
described the trek westward.
Read Watt's account.
Winfield Scott orders the Cherokee people not to resist
the removal order.
Read Scott's orders.
L.B. Webster, who accompanied the Cherokee along part
of the Trail of Tears, offered a first-hand account of the journey.
Read Webster's account.
John G. Burnett, who also accompanied the Cherokee
westward, described what he saw.
Read Burnett's description.
Bushyhead, a Cherokee girl, wrote a letter to a friend
about the impending forced removal of the Cherokees.
Routes of the Trail of Tears from the National
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: http://www.nps.gov/archive/trte/index.htm
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates
the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments
followed westward. Today the trail encompasses about 2,200 miles
of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine states.