Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Island Flats

Marker ID: THC 1A 3
Location: U.S. 23, Sullivan County, in Kingsport, east suburbs
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 31.872    W 082° 31.108
  36.5312    -82.51846666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM54ED


In the area to the S. W. was fought this first battle of the Revolution in the West, July 20, 1776. Colonial Militia, under Capt. James Thompson, defeated a force of Cherokee under Dragging Canoe, in a short bloody struggle. It was also the turning point in the settlers' warfare with the Cherokee, who were British allies.