Caption Entry
Author(s)/Editor(s):Sarah H. Hill
Date:March 2005
Title:Cherokee Removal: Forts Along the Georgia Trail of Tears
Publisher:Under a joint partnership between The National Park Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Historic Preservation Division
Electronic Source:Georgia's Trail of Tears


Hill, 2005:73 “Letter 1804 July 19, Knoxville, Tennessee [to] Colo William Barnett and Brigadier general B Harris, Jackson County, Georgia/John Sevier,” and “Letter 1804 Aug. 9, Knoxville, Tennessee to Col. Joseph McMin, Colo Samuel Wear, and Maj John Cowan/John Sevier,” Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842. 24 July, 2004.

p. 17

The Georgia or Federal Road

In 1803, the Secretary of War succeeded in persuading the Cherokee Nation to grant permission for a wagon road “not to exceed sixty feet in width” to originate at two sites on Cherokee land, Tellico and Southwest Point (later Kingston), Tennessee, and to run through the Cherokee Nation to the Georgia town of Athens….

Soon after the road agreement was signed, Col. William Barnett and Brig. Gen. Buckner Harris of Jackson County wrote to Tennessee governor John Sevier in their capacity as commissioners responsible for laying off the road….[and] proposed meeting the Tennessee commissioners at James Vann’s house on August 15th. Sevier promptly agreed to the meeting and wrote Tennesseans Joseph McMinn, Samuel Wear, and John Cowan to attend.

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