Bristol, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Overmountain Patriots of the American Revolution
When the war in the north came to a stalemate by early 1780, the British turned their military strategy to the South. They believed that devoted southern Loyalists would rise and secure victory for King George III.
The British command underestimated the determination and bold spirit of the frontiersmen who crossed the mountains, fought Indians, and settled their land. The brave patriots believed in liberty and fiercely defended home and family. The Indian-yelling, bush-whacking Overmountain men fought with unwavering courage, many sacrificing their lives for the cause of freedom. Their victories at the battles of Musgrove Mill, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens helped turn the tide of the war and set the stage for General Washington's decisive defeat of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781.
The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783.
Erected 2009 by Fort Chiswell Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 36° 35.802′ Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol VA 24201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bristol (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line in Tennessee); Jimmie Rodgers (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); Bristol Sessions (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of Bristol (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); First Country and Western Recording (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); Historic Bristol (about 700 feet away); Evan Shelby's Fort (approx. ¼ mile away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
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