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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Events • Notable Places • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1897.
Location. 36° 35.802′ N, 82° 10.911′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Street (Business Virginia Route 113) and Lee Street on Cumberland Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol VA 24201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Charles Spurgeon Johnson (1893-1956) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crooked Road / Bristol (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bristol Confederate Soldier Memorial (about 500 feet away); Vance Klondike Derby (about 600 feet away); Bristol (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); Jimmie Rodgers (about 700 feet away in Tennessee); Bristol Union Railway Station (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,782 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2010, by Debi Coe of Clearwater, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on November 22, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 3. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on November 22, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.