Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The War Ford

Marker ID: THC 1C 66
Location: U.S. 321, Sevier County, near bridge over Big Pigeon River
County: Sevier
Coordinates: N 35° 58.159    W 083° 11.224
  35.96931666    -83.18706666
Waymark: WMNFXR


Located .2 mile east on the Big Pigeon River is a strategic crossing used by the Cherokees. In August 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.