Rock Island History
Obviously, as individuals interested in the history of Boxwell, we are interested in, odd as this sounds, the history of Boxwell. Since at least the 1950s, Boxwell has presented a history of itself in its Leaders’ Guides. This history has changed as the camp has changed.
This week we look at Rock Island’s history. There a couple of things to note here. First, note that even though this is the third Boxwell, there is no mention of the other two. The first 30 years of Boxwell might as well not have happened.
Second, note the efforts to create its own history. There are several items here: a buried Confederate treasure, a lodge that Andrew Jackson visited, a battle between white Tennesseans and Native Americans, part of the Trail of Tears, and a hanged horse theif. Some of this can be easily dismissed (the Trail of Tears was MILES from this site), but others are less clear. The Fielding Yost material is true.
Nevertheless, we see Boxwell trying to write a history for itself. It is a tradition that continues to this day…