13TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK

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LIEUTENANT EDWARD DEAS WAS A GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT.  HE SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM 1828 TO 1848. 

DURING 1837 AND 1838, A FORCED REMOVAL PLAN OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE WAS IMPLEMENTED CONSISTING OF THE REMOVAL OF THE TRIBAL PEOPLE OF THE CHEROKEES, CHICKASAWS, CHOCTAWS, CREEKS AND THE SEMINOLES.

LIEUTENANT DEAS ESCORTED SEVERAL GROUPS OF NATIVE PEOPLE BY WATER AND LAND.  ONE OF THE LAST GROUPS TO BE REMOVED WAS THE “SO CALLED TREATY PARTY”.  THE GROUP TRAVELED ALONG THE ROUTE KNOWN AS “BELL’S ROUTE” (ALONG A PATH KNOWN TODAY, AS HIGHWAY 64).  BELL’S ROUTE WAS NAMED FOR MR. JOHN BELL, A CHEROKEE WHO TRAVELED WITH THE GROUP.

THE GROUP CAMPED ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF THE ELK RIVER BEFORE CROSSING AT CHENAULT FORD AND ENTERING FAYETTEVILLE.

ON 28 OCTOBER 1838, LIEUTENANT DEAS BOUGHT SUPPLIES FROM LOCAL FARMERS OF LINCOLN COUNTY TO HELP FEED BETWEEN 600 AND 800 OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS.  HE ALSO BOUGHT SHOES AND BLANKETS FOR THE PEOPLE ON 29 OCTOBER FROM NORRIS CLEMENTS STORE IN FAYETTEVILLE. ALONG THE WAY THROUGH LINCOLN COUNTY HE ALSO BOUGHT FLOUR, CORNMEAL, CANDLES, FEED AND FODDER FOR THE ANIMALS.  THE GROUP LEFT LINCOLN COUNTY IN EARLY NOVEMBER 1838 ON THEIR WAY TO OKLAHOMA.

 

 

LIEUTENANT EDWARD DEAS

4TH ARTILLERY, UNITED STATES ARMY

LAST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER IN FAYETTEVILLE, TENNESSEE

YOU ARE INVITED TO WALK WITH US AS WE WALK THE  TRAIL OF THE ANCESTORS. 

PERIOD DRESS WOULD BE NICE, BUT IS NOT NECESSARY.

WOMEN AND GIRLS MAY WEAR LONG SKIRTS, LONG  SLEEVE BLOUSES, SHAWLS OR BLANKETS.

MEN AND BOYS MAY WEAR JEANS AND LONG SLEEVE  SHIRTS WORN OUT SIDE OF JEANS.

GROUPS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT :

 http://firstnationspeople.org/renact.htm

 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER OR NEED MORE  INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: DEBBIE SHATTUCK CAPINO AT 931-937-4644 OR VIA EMAIL AT

shattuck@firstnationspeople.org

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS WALK AT THEIR OWN RISK

COME WALK WITH US ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER FOR THE ANNUAL TRAIL OF TEARS MEMORIAL WALK.  THIS EVENT IS HELD ANNUALLY ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER. WE WALK, REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD PLAN TO MEET ON ADAMS STREET IN FAYETTEVILLE, TN ABOUT 9:30 A.M..  THE WALK WILL BEGIN AT 10:00 AND PROCEED TO THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE ALONG THE ROUTE INDICATED ON THE MAP.

SPECTATORS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US ON THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE OR ANYWHERE ALONG THE ROUTE.

 

 

 

MEMORIAL WALK

LIEUTENANT EDWARD DEAS LED A GROUP OF CHEROKEE FROM CHATTANOOGA, TN TO INDIAN TERRITORY, KNOWN TODAY AS OKLAHOMA. THIS ROUTE HAS COME TO BE KNOWN AS THE BELL’S ROUTE OF THE TRAIL OF TEARS. 

LIEUTENANT DEAS’ JOURNAL AND PAYMENT VOUCHERS DOCUMENT THIS JOURNEY THROUGH FAYETTEVILLE AND LINCOLN COUNTY.

THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS OFFICIALLY ADDED THIS ROUTE TO THE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL LIST.

 

COME WALK WITH US

MAP OF WALK   

WALK IS 0.8 MILE