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