Posts Tagged ‘Trail of Tears’

In 1985, I camped 4 nights with my 2 young sons along the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. It was a Civil War site, but I was disappointed to learn that the actual battle took place across the river at Belmont Missouri.

I also wanted to visit a site from the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I just learned that the John Benge detachment of 1,100 Cherokees camped here in November 1838. A ferry took them across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, but it took several days. Cherokees camped all over the area, including my camp site (one photo shows the Civil War fortifications where I camped).

Writing material? Yep.

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March 24 is the Cherokee Nation National Day of Remembrance. It marks the arrival of the final detachment of Cherokees to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears 180 years ago. About 25% perished on the trail—about 4,500. This does not include the countless Cherokee who died escaping from the Trail of Tears.


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Stone Man and the Trail of Tears
By Charles Suddeth


Driven to Stone Man’s trail…

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live.

His family seeks shelter in an abandoned village, but soldiers hunt them down. Tsatsi and his sister Sali escape, but Sali falls ill and is kidnapped by Stone Man. Tsatsi gives chase and confronts the giant, only to learn this monster isn’t what he seems.

Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family?


Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844637
Juvenile Fiction – Boys & Men/Legends, Myths, Fables-Native American/Historical-United States-General

Release date – October 8, 2019


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The Cherokee Nation Remembrance Day is today, March 24. On this date in 1839, 179 years ago, the final detachment of the Trail of Tears reached Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This is part of the Native American Holocaust. Never forget, never again.

During the Trail of Tears, my great-great grandfather, William Pennington, and his parents left their Cherokee village. They journeyed north and lived with a group of Shawnee Metis.

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I have finished a 45,000-word middle reader’s manuscript, “Stone Man’s Lair.” A twelve-year-old boy and his younger sister are separated from their family during the 1838 Cherokee Trail of Tears. I consider this more of an adventure novel than a historical novel.

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