Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Island Flats First Skirmish

Marker ID: THC 1A 94
Location: Sullivan County, in Kingsport, Memorial Boulevard
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 31.878    W 082° 30.844
  36.5313    -82.51406666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4T6M


Marching down Island Road from Eaton's Fort on July 20, 1776, the Colonial Militia crossed Eaton's Ridge to this ravine. Here they rushed the British-allied Cherokees, who were hidden behind trees, with such violence that the Indians' were forced to retreat. The militia regrouped, held council, and marched on to the main battle, one of the significant battles of the Revolution in the West.