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James Sevier Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1565

This document is a typed copy of a letter that James Sevier wrote to L. C. Draper on August 19, 1839. In it, Sevier discusses his and his father's service on the Appalachian frontier during the Revolutionary War, where they fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and in several smaller campaigns against the Cherokee. He also briefly recounts conflicts between Native Americans and white people in the decade following the American victory.

Dates

  • 1839 August 19

Language of Materials

This material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This document is a typed copy of a letter that James Sevier wrote to L. C. Draper on August 19, 1839. In it, Sevier discusses his and his father's service on the Appalachian frontier during the Revolutionary War, where they fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and in several smaller campaigns against the Cherokee. He also briefly recounts conflicts between Native Americans and white people in the decade following the American victory.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Sevier was born to John and Sarah (Hawkins) Sevier in Virginia on October 25, 1764. In 1773, the family relocated to Western North Carolina. This section of the state was known as its Overmountain territory because it lay west of the Appalachian mountains. Although he was still very young when the Revolutionary War began, James Sevier fought with the Overmountain Men in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain as well as in several later skirmishes with the Cherokee. When the war ended, he returned to his home in North Carolina and married Nancy Conway (1772-1843) on March 29, 1789. Sevier also became active in politics and was elected as the Clerk of the Washington County Court during the State of Franklin period. He continued to hold this office for 47 years, during which time the State of Franklin collapsed and Washington County returned to North Carolina, became a U. S. Territory, and was finally incorporated into the new State of Tennessee. James Sevier died on January 21, 1847 at his home in Tennessee.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Mrs. Charles Wayland donated this letter to the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480