“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dickensonville in Russell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Dortonís Fort

Dortonís Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2015
1. Dortonís Fort Marker
Inscription. William Dorton Sr. and his family, settled here by 1773 and built a fort, one of several defensive structures built by settlers of European descent on the Virginia frontier. Dorton's sons William Jr. Moses fought in the Revolutionary War and at least one of the two other brothers served at the Battle of King's Mountain on 7 Oct. 1780. During this period conflicts occurred between early settlers and Native Americans in this region, resulting in the death of a fourth son, name unknown, in 1777. Capt. William Dorton Jr. served in the Washington and Russell County militias and died in 1826. He is buried just southwest of here.
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KA-13.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Clinch River Forts Circa 1774 marker series.
Location. 36° 48.581′ N, 82° 16.846′ W. Marker is near Dickensonville, Virginia, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of Virginia Route 71 and Lakeview Circle (County Route 785), on the right when traveling south on State Route 71. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castlewood VA 24224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker
Dortonís Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2015
2. Dortonís Fort Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Old Russell County Courthouse (approx. 2.9 miles away); Early Settlers in Russell County (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mooreís Fort (approx. 4.6 miles away); Russellís Fort (approx. 4.7 miles away); Houstonís Fort (approx. 8.4 miles away); Jesseeís Mill (approx. 8.6 miles away); Kilgore Fort House (approx. 9.9 miles away); Patrick Hagan and Dungannon (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dickensonville.
Also see . . .  Frontier Forts of Southwestern Virginia. 1968 historical sketch by Emory L. Hamilton. Entry for Dorton's Fort: “Located about one mile southeast of Nickelsville on the Combs Farm, this was the home of old William Dorton, Sr., who was killed by the Indians in July, 1780. (45) Undoubtedly this was just another family fort-house, and there is no record of it ever having a complement of militia. When it was built is unknown, but likely sometime in the 1770's. The family of William Dorton continued to live at the place after he was slain. The court records of the 1780's refer to it as "Dortonís Old Fort", meaning that it may have fallen into disuse and disrepair.

“Little is known of the life of William Dorton, Sr., prior to his untimely death at the hands of the Indians, even the place and details of his death are unknown. His son, William Dorton, Jr., was in one of the parties that pursued the Indians under Benge after his capture of the Livingston family in 1794. This party led by Captain William Dorton, Jr., overtook one of the Indian parties, who seem to have split into three separate groups after the capture and killing, and killed one of the Indians in that particular group.” (Submitted on October 22, 2015.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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