The U.S. Military and Cherokee Removal

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2 pm. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a free 90-minute program on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 2 pm.   This program, located on Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, will discuss the Cherokee Removal and the US Military’s role in relocating the Cherokee to Indian Territory. The program will take place at The Gateway Site on Moccasin Bend, off Hamm Road. Please follow the “Special Event” signs located off Manufacturer’s Road to The Gateway Site.

British and United States officials made several treaties with the Cherokee Nation over the years that ultimately reduced the nation’s boundaries to Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, and Western North Carolina.  The final treaty made at New Echota, Georgia, specified that the Cherokee Nation be relocated to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).  To ensure their removal, US military forces were sent to supervise their relocation.  By happenstance, some of the same soldiers found themselves back in Chattanooga, 25 years later and in a completely different war.

Visitors should wear comfortable and supportive footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather, bring a foldable chair and water.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 or visit the National Military Park’s website at Or contact Michael Wurzel at the Friends of Moccasin Bend office at 423-322-5014 or visit the FOMB website

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 405 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more