Historic Markers Across Tennessee

James Gillespy's Fort

Marker ID: THC 1E 18
Location: TN 73, Blount County, 300 yards from airport entrance
County: Blount
Coordinates: N 35° 48.725    W 083° 58.991
  35.81208333    -83.98318333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMHQ8J


About 2 miles northeast. Attacked Oct. 13, 1788, by 300 Indians under John Watts, the half-breed. Defenders held out until ammunition was exhausted. 28 were taken prisoner; 17 slaughtered and bodies burned. Thereafter the locality was called The Burnt Sta