Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Colonel James Robertson
Colonel James Robertson
Born 1742 in Virginia
Died 1814 in Tennessee
He came from eastern North Carolina to the Watauga Settlement in what is now eastern Tennessee 1769-1770, where he was a leader in Civil and Indian Affairs.
Conducted the "Land Party" of settlers to the French Lick in 1779-1780, built this fort Nashborough and defended it in all the various Indian attacks. Remained with the colony when many had forsaken it during a period of great stress, suffering and discouragement, and gave to it a whole life-time of patriotic service.
The verdict of history well entitles him the name of: "The Father of West (now Middle) Tennessee" and the "Founder of Nashville."
"He possessed to an eminent degree the confidence and esteem of all his contemporaries, and merited all the eulogium and affection which the most ardent of his countrymen have ever bestowed upon him.. His services in peace and war are gratefully remembered."
Location. 36° 9.855′ N, 86° 46.522′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue North 0.1 miles south of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Nashborough (here, next to this marker); Colonel John Donelson (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Richard Henderson (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nashborough (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Store (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacques Timothe Boucher de Montbrun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sampson W. Keeble (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Categories. • Exploration • Forts, Castles • Notable Persons • Wars, US Indian •
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