2 Apr 1781 - Battle of the Bluffs - Dragging Canoe & Chicamaugans attacked - were driven off.
Where: 36.17072 -86.77912 Nashborough, Fort
Maps: [map notes]
- 36.17190 -86.78058 Nashborough, Fort (arbitrary estimate of original location)
- ACME Mapper.
- National Map
- Confidence: 4 (for original location).
GNIS record for Fort Nashborough (historical) A) 36.1644444 -86.7758333. This is believed to be the location of the replica several blocks south of its original location.
- It is difficult to find any specific coordinates of where the original fort was located. A)The replica fort is known to be south of the original location. B)Germantown is known to be north of the original site. Until more specific data is available, a location has been arbitrarily selected about midway between A) and B) at C) 36.17190 -86.78058. Location used.
- Acme map showing locations A, B, and C, above
- O'Kelley, Patrick, "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas", Vol.3. Pp.174-176.
- O'Kelley, Patrick, "225 years ago today - Fort Nashborough, Tennessee"
Fort Nashborough, Tennessee
2 Ė 3 April 1781
On the morning of April 2nd a handful of Chicamauga Indians appeared at
Fort Nashborough, fired off a volley, and then withdrew. Colonel James
Robertson and twenty mounted riflemen gave chase, only to be ambushed by
200 warriors under Dragging Canoe.
When Robertsonís horsemen dismounted and fought on foot a second group of
Chicamaugas appeared at the riflemenís rear, and began firing. Luckily
the horses stampeded and turned the battle around for the Patriots. Many
of the Indians set off in pursuit of the precious stock. The horses
crashed through the line of Indians that separated the riflemen from the
fort, allowing them to escape.
Colonel Robertsonís wife, Charlotte, threw open the stockade gates and
let loose their hunting dogs that had been trained to attack Indians.
The riflemen raced back to the safety of the fort, and were able to drive
the Chicamaugas back into the woods. The frontiersmen lost five men
killed and two wounded. The Indians continued their sporadic sniping
until the next day, when the residents of the fort had enough and loaded
their swivel gun with rocks and shards of iron. They fired it at the
nearest Indian, not doing much damage, but the noise was impressive and
scared away the attackers.
Patrick O'Kelley http://www.2nc.org/
Author of "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" The Revolutionary War in the
Volume One 1771-1779 http://www.booklocker.com/books/1469.html
Volume Two 1780
Volume Three 1781
Volume Four 1782
Apr 1781 listing. 4/2 - 3/1781 Fort Nashborough. Shown as draw.
Confidence level:: 4 (for original location)