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October 27, 1759. Captain John Stuart and approximately seventy men of the South Carolina Provincial Regiment (known as the Buffs, because of their uniforms’ facings of buff-colored cloth) arrive at Fort Loudoun to shore up the beleaguered garrison and deliver much-needed supplies of meat, flour, salt, ammunition, and clothing. Stuart’s arrival seemed to herald a new hope for peace, but the situation proved to have deteriorated to a point of no return.

Depicted: The South Carolina Provincial Regiment (the Buffs) shadowed by Cherokee warriors on their approach to Fort Loudoun

August 9, 1760. Promised safe passage through the hostile native territory, Captain Paul Demere surrendered Fort Loudoun to the Cherokee, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, the garrison of some 230 men, women and children began the long march to South Carolina, stopping for the evening on the banks of Cane Creek near present-day Belltown,Tennessee.

The next morning, as they prepared to march, the garrison was attacked by hundreds of Cherokee warriors, who had silently crept through the tall grass to within 200 yards of the unprepared soldiers. Showers of arrows and volleys of small arms fire poured in from all sides upon the confused and startled troops. Captain Demere and his officers (with the exception of Captain John Stuart) were killed at the outset, and approximately twenty soldiers and three women were struck down during the ensuing melee, while the remainder of the Fort Loudoun people were made prisoner of the Cherokee.

Spring, 1758. Cherokee warriors assemble for expeditions against the French at Fort Toulouse and outlying areas in western Virginia. As each war party prepares to depart, British commander Paul Demere, provides the materiel of war from his rapidly depleting stores. ‘‘…they went away resolved to not come back without staining their War Hatchets in the Enemy's Blood.”

Depicted: Ensign John Bogges and trader Samuel Benn treat with Sower Hominey, the Great Conjurer of Chottee [sic]

Late Summer, 1756. Sergeant William Gibbs of the Independent Company of South Carolina leads a detachment of twenty soldiers and a number of Cherokee warriors, including the chief Attakullakulla, on an expedition from Fort Prince George (near present day Clemson, South Carolina) to Tomately, a Cherokee town located near Chota, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation, in what is now East Tennessee.  

On arrival, Gibbs was to reconnoiter the area for a new British fortification that would eventually be called Fort Loudoun.

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