Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mustering of the Overmountain Men

Two Hundred and Thirty Six years ago today the Overmountain men mustered at Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River in what is now Elizabethton, Tennessee, in order to march upon Kings Mountain and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Major Patrick Ferguson dared challenge the tough Indian fighters to "desist their resistance to the king's arms" or he would "march his army over the mountains, hand their leaders and lay waste the country with fire and sword." You just don't talk to mountain folk that way, and the Overmountain men let their muskets do the talking. Ferguson perished in action on Kings Mountain.

I took this photograph of the shoals, a low point that renders it an excellent place to ford the river, on Friday on the way up to Roan Mountain State Park to meet my friends Tom and Tracey for the weekend.
There is to be a reenactment of the crossing of the shoals by the Overmountain men this weekend, and a few reenactors were onhand Friday teaching groups of schoolchildren about that period in history. I'm going to have to get me a tricorner hat and some buckskin and do that one of theses days.
This is just another view of the lovely Watauga River just upstream from the shoals.