Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

History

Date of Award

5-2005

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dale J. Schmitt

Committee Members

Melvin E. Page, William Douglas Burgess Jr.

Abstract

The history of the Revolutionary War Fort Watauga located in present day Elizabethton, TN has yet to be completed.

The critique of several Tennessee historians including J. G. M. Ramsey, Lyman C. Draper, Samuel Cole Williams, and others uncovered discrepancies and errors in Fort Watauga’s written history. These problems forced a rethinking of the fort’s actual location, which raised questions as to the reliability of the archaeological excavation in 1974 as well as to the historians who wrote about the fort during the last 200+ years.

Evidence found pointed to new accounts of the fort’s history never before published as well as possible alternate locations of the original fort.

An updated version of Fort Watauga’s history was included to serve as a new starting point for future historians and students interested in the Fort Watauga’s history. An updated version of Fort Watauga’s history was included to serve as a new starting point for future historians and students interested in Fort Watauga’s history.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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