Human Meaning of Removal
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.