Thursday, December 12, 2013

Appalachian Indian Trails of the Chickamauga: Lower Cherokee Settlements

“Appalachian Indian Trails of the Chickamauga: Lower Cherokee Settlements” is definitely a must read for anyone interested in the ancestral landscape, aboriginal trails, and historical American Indian settlements of the Southeast. It is obvious in reading this book that Rickey Butch Walker has researched many years to share this extensive and detailed Indian history with us in the south. This information is worthy to be shared with our children and grandchildren to keep them in touch with their deep southern roots; let us never forget from where we started and the trails that our mixed Celtic and Indian ancestors once walked.

By far, Rickey Butch Walker has written the most comprehensive historical document of the Chickamauga faction of the Lower Cherokees that occupied the Muscle Shoals, Big Bend of the Tennessee River, Warrior Mountains, and Coosa River Valley of northern Alabama. His book contains information on the Lower Cherokee settlements in North Alabama dating from 1750 to the Indian removal in 1838.  In addition to the Indian trails, villages, and pre-removal forts, Butch Walker discusses Indian removal in North Alabama over land, by water, and by railroad.

This is not just a book of a historical nature but also a book of Native pride.  Butch loves sharing his mixed Scots Irish Cherokee heritage with others and it shines through in this well written document. Once again, his writing is filled with emotion, knowledge, and historical data of a time and landscape that must never be forgotten.

Twila Godwin


  1. That was a great read. Please send me a email. I have some more information on the Black Warrior's Trail (Mitchell Trace).

  2. How much is this book? Where do I order it?

  3. Hello ... I would love a chance to correspond, if you might. I am doing research on Leighton, AL. I stumbled on your work via one of your very informative blog posts. My grandparents lived in a large log cabin (apparently built as the old "Russellville Country Club") on McKiernan Creek from the 30's until their deaths (1989/1994). The house burned down in 1996. I consider relocating to Leighton, and am fascinated by the native history of the place.

  4. ps ... my grandmother's family is out of the Tennessee Hills, "Scots Irish," and - it seems evident from a picture of my greatgrandmother - a bit of Cherokee.