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

Moore’s Fort

Moore’s Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Moore’s Fort Marker
Inscription. Moore’s Fort, also referred to as Byrd’s Fort, stood nearby close to the Clinch River. Built by 1774 and likely named for the owners of the property, the wooden structure served as defensive fortification for settlers of European descent on the frontier. Daniel Boone commanded this fort and Blackmore’s and Cowan’s forts on the Clinch River during Lord Dunmore’s War in 1774. During that war and the American Revolution (1775–1783), periodic conflicts between Native Americans and settlers occurred there, in part, because of increased settlement.
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number X-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Clinch River Forts Circa 1774 marker series.
Location. 36° 51.734′ N, 82° 19.939′ W. Marker is in Mew, Virginia, in Russell County. Marker is on Mew Road (Virginia Route 65) just east of South Brutons Ford Road (County Route 611). Touch 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 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Russell’s Fort (approx. 3.4 miles away);
Moore’s Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Moore’s Fort Marker
Dorton’s Fort (approx. 4.6 miles away); Old Russell County Courthouse (approx. 5.2 miles away); Early Settlers in Russell County (approx. 5½ miles away); Patrick Hagan and Dungannon (approx. 7.9 miles away); Flanary Archaeological Site (approx. 7.9 miles away); Dungannon Depot (approx. 7.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker replaces a marker with the same title and number that was located closer to St. Paul. That marker, erected around 1929, was located 1½ miles east of St. Paul, and was reported missing in Margaret Peter's 1985 Guidebook. The text read, “Near here, on Clinch River, stood Moore's Fort. Daniel Boone, on his way to Kentucky with a party of settlers, stopped here for some time. On September 29, 1774, Indians made an attack here from ambush, killing John Duncan.”
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Lord Dunmore’s War. “The conflict resulted from escalating violence between British colonists, who in accordance with previous treaties were exploring and moving into land south of the Ohio River (modern West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania and Kentucky), and American Indians, who held treaty rights to hunt there. As a result of successive attacks by Indian hunting and war bands upon the settlers, war was declared "to pacify the hostile Indian war bands." The war ended soon after Virginia's victory in the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. As a result of this victory, the Indians lost the right to hunt in the area and agreed to recognize the Ohio River as the boundary between Indian lands and the British colonies.” (Submitted on October 21, 2015.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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