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Siege on Fort Watauga

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Siege on Fort Watauga Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us as we re-create this Historic Event !

May 14-16 Siege at Fort Watauga
sponsored and hosted by the
Washington County Regiment of N.C. Militia.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN. 37643, 423-543-5808, www.sycamoreshoalstn.com.

Siege on You Tube 2009 Event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0oDUUBxNYI

Photos of the Siege at Fort Watauga
http://www.bowenphotography.net/Events/Siege-of-Fort-Watauga-at/8229760_AqkVN/10/538182092_RWypd#538182092_RWypd


Fort Watauga, which had been built near Sycamore Shoals, became a refuge for the settlers in the summer of 1776. Dragging Canoe returned home after the Sycamore Shoals Treaty (or Transylvania Purchase) determined to drive the white settlers from Cherokee lands. He was aided by English agents whose plans called for the Indians to attack the settlers from the rear while the English attacked them from the sea. A band of warriors under Old Abram of Chilhowee struck against Fort Watauga, where most of the settlers had already fled. Lt. Col. John Carter, Capt. James Robertson (founder of Nashville in 1779), Lt. John Sevier (Tennessee's first governor in 1796), and other officers commanded the fort. The Indians laid siege to Fort Watauga for approximately two weeks, but when the pioneers failed to surrender, the Indians departed.



For more info:
visit our unit website at:
http://washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com/about/

Calendar of Unit Events can be found on our Adjutant's page:
http://captainbogart.wordpress.com/2010-calendar-of-events/

Please share this event information with you unit and feel free to contact me or Capt. Bogart with any questions. Look forward to seeing you at our event !!

Sincerely,
Sherry Shook tiptoe2u@hotmail.com
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 6:04 pm    Post subject: Schedule Reply with quote

SIEGE OF FORT WATAUGA

May 20- 22

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area



It is the summer of 1776. Patriot leaders meet in Philadelphia to draft a document that will sever our ties with Great Britain. While the Continental Congress is fighting for freedom with the pen, backwoods settlers are fighting for it with rifle and sword. Native Cherokee, armed by the British, are moving against isolated farms and homesteads. Makeshift forts and stockades are erected to defend against the attack that is inevitable. The frontier is ablaze with activity. Settlers struggle to hold the land and Cherokee fight to defend their centuries old culture. Life on the frontier hangs in a delicate balance, either fight for freedom or face annihilation. It all comes together at Fort Watauga this weekend at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN.



Join over 150 living historians from seven states for a glimpse into life on the North Carolina Frontier in 1776. Visit Fort Watauga and talk with members of the Washington County Militia to see what life might have been like for settlers besieged in a small palisade. Stroll through the British and Tory camps and visit with the North Carolina Highland Regiment and the 42nd Lights to hear the views of Great Britain on the subject of American Independence. Visit with the South Carolina Rangers, Moseley’s Rangers, and the 1st Maryland Regiment in the Patriot Militia camp where Liberty is on the lips of everyone. Visit the Hunter’s camp and hear stories of those who wish to peacefully coexist with the Natives. Finally, venture through the Cherokee camp and hear firsthand accounts of the struggle against the encroaching whites.



Bring the entire family to Sycamore Shoals for an action packed event full of history, fun, and excitement. Admission is FREE so plan to spend the entire day immersed in the 18th century.

In addition to the scheduled events, daily activities will include: Flintlock Musket Demonstrations, Soap Making, Militia Drill & Camp Life, Open Hearth Cooking, Blacksmithing, Native History & Culture, British & Loyalist Camps, Rope Making, and Colonial Merchants & Sutlers. Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, witness the past come to life, and see how you can make history at Fort Watauga. For more information please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area at 423-543-5808 or visit the park website at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: May siege Reply with quote

This years siege is May 20 - 222011
Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the May Siege on Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Walk where Old Abraham and 400 of his warriors attacked the fort in 1776 for 2 weeks as the Watauga settlers held their own, a feat only achieve after they had been warned prior to the attack by none other than Nancy Ward. Not far away, her nephew Dragging Canoe attached Fort Robinson and settlements all along the Island Flats of what is now upper East Tennessee. For contact info and driving directions to the park
http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org/Contact%20Us.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone wishing to attend the Saturday evening free BBQ supper for re-enactors particpating in the 2011 Siege will need to contact Sycamore Shoals this week to RSVP Sure to be a good time for all !!
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