This week, a group of Revolutionary War re-enactors took off on foot from Abingdon headed for South Carolina, on the Overmountain Victory Trail.
The official website explains:
"On September 25, 1780, over 1,000 men "mustered" at the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga River in current day Elizabethton, TN. From there, they crossed the high mountains and dropped into the Piedmont of North Carolina pursuing Major Patrick Ferguson and his Tory Army.
They finally caught them on the afternoon of October 7th atop King's Mountain, in South Carolina. When the battle ended every Tory soldier had been killed or captured. The battle became known as the turning point of the Revolutionary War."
The Johnson City paper reports here ("Overwater Men?" 9/26/04) that this year's Overmountain Men were temporarily thwarted by the high waters of the Watauga River.