GA Chapter TOTA meeting in Kennesaw

The September 12, 2015 meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be held at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park in their Educational Center in Kennesaw from 10:30 to 12:00 Noon. The speaker is Mr. Robert C. Jones, President of the Kennesaw Historical Society and a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, which helped fund the 40,000 square foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA. Robert has written a number of books on Civil War and railroad themes, including “Retracing the Route of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign”, “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia” and “Conspirators, Assassins, and the Death of Abraham Lincoln”.

The topic will be the role of the Cherokee Indians in the Civil War. Cherokee Indians fought on both sides in the Civil War. On the Confederate side, most Cherokees fought under the command of Brigadier General Stand Watie, the only Cherokee (and one of only two Indians) to rise to the rank of general in the Civil War. This presentation will examine Stand Watie and his command, including their exploits at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and the Second Battle of Cabin Creek. It will also examine their reasons for fighting for the Confederacy.

The Trail of Tears Association was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987. The TOTA is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. The Association consists of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

TOTA meetings are free and open to the public. You need not have Native American ancestry to attend our meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating and tragic period in our country’s history. For more information about the TOTA, visit the National TOTA website at and the Georgia Chapter website at The address for the park is 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152 and the telephone number is 770-427-4686. For further information about the September meeting, contact Tony Harris at

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10:30 am to noon.

Free and open to the public.

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152 in the Educational Center.

Free parking.

For more information, please call Tony Harris 770-425-2411. or visit


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