Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Monument to the Patriots
The stone obelisk on the hill to the south, erected in 1909 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, is dedicated "To the memory of the patriots who, on their way to King's Mountain under Sevier, Shelby, and Campbell, assembled here September 26, 1780."These frontiersmen, who came to be called the Overmountain Men, gathered at Watauga Old Fields along nearby Sycamore Shoals to counter a threatened invasion by British Major Patrick Ferguson, who led an army of about 1100 Loyalist soldiers. William Campbell, of Virginia, along with John Sevier and Isaac Shelby from this area, were chosen to lead the Overmountain Men. Local settlers, including gunpowder maker Mary Patton, helped to provision the Patriot force before it journeyed across the mountains, joined along the way by additional contingents from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. On October 7, 1780, the Patriot force of around 900 men won a remarkable victory over Ferguson and his army at King's Mountain, about 40 miles west of Charlotte. Thomas Jefferson wrote that King's Mountain was the "turn of the tide of success" in the American Revolution. These events
—Department of Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University
Erected by Department of Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is September 26, 1780.
Location. 36° 20.05′ N, 82° 15.724′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 67 just north of Monument Place, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the Tweetsie Trail, overlooking the Fort Watauga Monument from the west, across Tennessee Highway 67. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Watauga Monument (a few steps from this marker); Uncovering the Past (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Taylor Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); Restoration of Sabine Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sabine Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker Sabine Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Valentine Sevier, "The Immigrant" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethton.
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1. Overmountain Men (Wikipedia). The Overmountain Men were American frontiersmen from west of the Appalachian Mountains who took part in the American Revolutionary War. While they were present at multiple engagements in the war's southern campaign, they are best known for their role in the American victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. The term "overmountain" arose because their settlements were west of, or "over", the Appalachians, which was the primary geographical boundary dividing the 13 American colonies from the western frontier. (Submitted on October 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Revolutionary War battle of Kings Mountain. On October 7, 1780, Ferguson and the Overmountain men met in a small but significant battle in the War for Independence. It took place on a rocky hilltop (Submitted on October 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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