What does Cherokee Removal have to do with Chickamauga Battlefield?

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What does Cherokee Removal have to do with Chickamauga Battlefield? The majority of the present-day national military park was located in the Cherokee Nation, and all the land located in Chickamauga Battlefield was part of the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. This lottery allowed eligible settlers the chance to receive 160-acre land lots in the Cherokee Nation, while the Cherokee still lived in their... homes. The land composing the current battlefield was surveyed and lots given away using the lottery system, ultimately stealing the property away from its rightful owner.

Ownership of property is deeply rooted in this country. I wonder how this might affect us if something similar happened today? (cy)

Image: Example of a Georgia Land Lottery Document courtesy of USGWArchives.

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ole

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A small addition to Barry's excellent post for our city kids.

Somewhere, way back when, a section was determined to be one square mile. A quarter section was 160 acres. When the "West" was opened, each section was defined by a road.

The farm I grew up on was defined as the west half of the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of section 8, Edison Township, Minnehaha County. This was before GPS.
 

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The moderator of this here Atl sub forum, @Chattahooch33, myself and another of our friends visited the 'maug last year around New Year and met a local who took to following us like a banjo string in Tuscaloosa. He proceeded to insist with the might of an angry god that there, on the battlefield, was a Cherokee Indin' Bunker.....and that there was aforementioned Cherokee Indins' in the Battle of the 'Maug. And when they ran out of bullets they used glass and nails instead.






I believe him.
 


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