Nashborough, Fort

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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
  • Google
  • Confidence: 4 (for original location).

  • GNIS 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 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.

  • Yh-groups 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
    Author of "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas
    Volume One 1771-1779
    Volume Two 1780
    Volume Three 1781
    Volume Four 1782

  • RevWar75 RevWar75  
    Apr 1781 listing. 4/2 - 3/1781 Fort Nashborough. Shown as draw.

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Confidence level:: 4 (for original location)