Blythe's Ferry

Blythe's Ferry (HMQFH)

Location: Birchwood, TN 37308 Meigs County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 24.423', W 85° 0.383'

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Nine detachments ranging in size from 729 to 1,766 individuals began crossing the Tennessee River at Blythe's Ferry in October, 1838. Cherokee leaders, called conductors, Hair Conrad, Elijah Hicks, Reverend Jesse Bushyhead, Situwakee, Captain Old Fields, Moses Daniel, Chooalooka, George Hicks, and Peter Hildebrand, directed each detachment. Wagon masters, doctors, mounted guards, and contractors who provided food and other supplies assisted the Conductors in coordinating the marches.

The first two detachments that approached Blythe's Ferry in late August 1838 stopped because of drought and hot weather. The first detachment camped on both sides of the river. The second group camped four miles back of the Ferry. While encamped, contractors provided rations of sugar, coffee, salt, and soap. The Cherokee added to the rations by hunting and fishing.

Weather conditions improved by early October and the detachments began crossing the Tennessee River. Detachments continued to cross at Blythe's Ferry until mid-November. The traveled westward with heavy hearts. Some deserted. Most, however, continued somberly trekking westward.
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HM NumberHMQFH
Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 8:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 681027 N 3920010
Decimal Degrees35.40705000, -85.00638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 24.423', W 85° 0.383'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 24' 25.38" N, 85° 0' 22.98" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9690 Blythe Ferry Lane, Birchwood TN 37308, US
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