Captain Drane Crosses the Bend - Cherokee Removal and Moccasin Bend
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in an approximately 1.2 mile hike at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. Visitors will meet the park ranger at the Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park's office, 175 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37405, on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. From there, participants will caravan to the Brown's Ferry Federal Road property to begin the 1 hour and 45 minute program.
On June 17, 1838, over 1,000 Cherokees embarked from Ross's Landing, travelling overland, on what became known as the Nunna Daul Isunyi , translated as the "Trail Where They Cried." Thousands of Cherokees were being forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to an unfamiliar and unknown place. What precipitated this removal? What must it have been like to leave everything behind and never look back? One hundred seventy- five years later, on June 17, 2013, you are encouraged to walk upon the same ground as these Cherokees and catch a brief glimpse into their arduous journey to present-day Oklahoma.
As a reminder, comfortable, supportive footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather and water are recommended for this program.
Did You Know?
James Garfield served as Major General William S. Rosecrans' Chief of Staff at Chickamauga. Four months after becoming President, Garfield was shot in the back by a disgruntled office seeker. Garfield died two months later on September 19, 1881, the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.