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Near Norton in Wise County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benge’s Gap

 
 
Benge’s Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
1. Benge’s Gap Marker
Inscription. Beginning in 1774, Chief Benge led a part of the Shawnee from the Ohio River on raids along the frontier. Benge, who was part white and part Cherokee. frequently captured slaves and then resold them; he also seized white women and children who were then adopted by various Indian groups. On 6 Apr. 1794, Benge attacked the Henry and Peter Livingston farm on the Holston River, took several residents prisoner, and marched them northeast. Three days later, when they entered the Powell Mountain gap just south, Lt. Vincent Hobbs and eleven Lee County militiamen ambushed them, killed Benge with the first volley, and freed the captives.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number X-22.)
 
Location. 36° 54.785′ N, 82° 40.16′ W. Marker is near Norton, Virginia, in Wise County. Marker is on Orby Cantrell Hwy (US 58 Alt) (U.S. 23), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is at the James Walker Robinson Memorial Scenic Overlook on the northbound lanes just south of Norton. Marker is in this post office area: Norton VA 24273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Benge’s Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
2. Benge’s Gap Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Norton / Coeburn (approx. 3.8 miles away); Napoleon Hill (approx. 6 miles away); Appalachia (approx. 6.2 miles away); Big Stone Gap (approx. 6.5 miles away); Origins of Big Stone Gap (approx. 6.5 miles away); a different marker also named Big Stone Gap (approx. 6.6 miles away); Wise (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norton.
 
Also see . . .  Excerpt from Benge! by Lawrence J. Fleenor, Jr. “No one would have known where they had passed but for a little girl. Eliza Jane Addington lived on the Clinch near the mouth of Benge’s Creek. She saw a wet moccasin print on a stone in the creek and alerted the militia. The Head party had been scouring the countryside looking for some sign to indicate which way Benge had gone. The process of putting them onto the trail took much of the remainder of the day.”   (Submitted on July 5, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Dusk in the Valley image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
3. Dusk in the Valley
View from the overlook at Benge’s Gap just before 9 p.m.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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