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Map by LEARN NC based on map developed by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. The detailed original map is also available.

Date created
August 2008
North Carolina
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  • Revolutionary North Carolina: Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments. (Page 4.4)

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map of Rutherford's expedition

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Rendezvous points

  1. Rendezvous near Cathey’s Fort
  2. Principal rendezvous point at Davidson’s Fort

Route of Rutherford’s Expedition

  1. September 1
    Rutherford’s army departed Davidson’s Fort (Old Fort), crossed Swannanoa Gap, and proceeded toward the headwaters of the Swannanoa River.
  2. September 3
    Crossed the French Broad River at Warrior Ford and followed Hominy Creek westward for nine miles.
  3. September 4
    Reached the vicinity of present Canton and forded the Pigeon River at confluence of East and West Forks.
  4. September 5: Moved southwestward to Richland Creek near present Waynesville.
  5. September 8
    reached Watauga, village near confluence of Watauga Creek and Little Tennessee River (near present Franklin).
  6. September 10
    Village of Nikwasi was destroyed; 600 men sent to seek South carolina troops under Andrew Williamson.
  7. September 11
    Main army moved downstream to Cowee and set up camp.
  8. September 14
    Main army moved upstream to Nikwasi to await Williamson’s forces.
  9. September 19
    Set up camp at Quanassee, where several Indians were killed, others taken prisoner; horses and cattle confiscated; crops burned.
  10. September 26
    North Carolina and South Carolina armies rendezvous at Hiwassee.
    September 27
    Armies began homeward trek.