They came to Sycamore Shoals to meet up with militias from the other overmountain settlements to answer the threat of British Major Patric Ferguson which was to cross over the mountains and lay waste, with fire and sword, to their fields and farms.
This was the largest OVTA group to cross the Watauga since the historic 1980 campaign. It was a sight to see.
After marching from Rocky Mount to the town of Watauga, we came to the Watauga River.
The OVTA Militia preparing to enter the river.
Whew!! the waters of the Watauga are cold and DEEP TOO!
The Marchers making it across.
We stop in the middle of the river to fire a ceremonial volley in respect of the crossing on September 25, 1780.