U.S. Army Rounds Up Cherokees, 1838

We should always remember history as to not repeat it!

This Day in North Carolina History

Fort Butler Marker

On June 12, 1838, Gen. Winfield Scott ordered troops to begin rounding up Cherokee Indians for internment at Fort Butler near what is now Murphy, leading to their eventual forced relocation to Oklahoma.

The order was part of a larger effort led by Scott at the behest of President Martin Van Buren to remove the Cherokee from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina as authorized under the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Scott was personally involved in the action in southwestern North Carolina because the Army believed the area was the most likely to be a center of conflict.

After a week, the troops had arrested more than two-thirds of the local Cherokee population and, by early July, nearly 2,500 Cherokee were in custody. Those and approximately 12,500 others would ultimately make the journey westward on the Trail of Tears between October 1838 and March 1839.

About 300 or 400 Cherokees…

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2 responses to “U.S. Army Rounds Up Cherokees, 1838

  1. Wow, how sad. We always forget about things like this and think how could people be so barbaric back then. But sadly I know people in the future will look at our current society and think the same. Will we ever learn to just live in peace and learn to love all people no matter of race, gender or sexual orientation?


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