Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The War Ford

Marker ID: THC 1C 66
Location: on North Street (U.S. 321) just south of Clifton Heights Road, Newport, TN
County: Cocke
Coordinates: N 35° 58.179    W 083° 11.236
  35.96965    -83.18726666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Located .2 mi. east on the Big Pigeon River is a strategic crossing used by the Cherokees. In Aug. 1782, Gen. Charles McDowell of Burke Co., North Carolina, raised an army of five hundred mounted militia from Morgan District to cross the mountains, join Col. John Sevier's army of the same number from Washington District, and subdue the Indians who sided with the British. During this three month campaign, one of the final skirmishes of the Revolutionary War was fought at this site.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.