MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dale J. Schmitt
Melvin E. Page, William Douglas Burgess Jr.
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.
Thesis - Open Access
Compton, Brian Patrick, "Revised History of Fort Watauga." (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1103. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1103
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