The American Revolution in North Carolina

John Sevier

Captain and Commissary inVA Militia - 1775-1776
Lt. Colonel in the Washington District Regiment of Militia - 1776-1777
Lt. Colonel in the Washington County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1781
Colonel over the Washington County Regiment of Militia - 1781-1783

John Sevier moved to the Holston River area in the 1770s and was commissioned as a Captain and a Commissary in the VA Militia during 1775. Capt. John Sevier led his VA militia company at the battles of Island Flats (7/20/1776), Fort Caswell (7/20-8/2/1776), and the Cherokee Expedition of August to December of 1776 under Col. William Christian.

On 12/23/1776, the NC General Assembly created the Washington District and soon thereafter they commissioned John Sevier as a Lt. Colonel under Col. John Carter in the newly-created Washington District Regiment of Militia.

On 12/18/1777, the NC General Assembly renamed the Washington District to Washington County, and Lt. Col. John Sevier continued to serve under Col. John Carter, now in the Washington County Regiment of Militia.

In this website and in my recently published books, I show that Col. John Carter died in 1779, thanks to many references that later turned out to be incorrect. It is more accurate that Col. John Carter died in early 1781.

On 4/10 to 4/20/1779, Lt. Col. John Sevier served under Col. Evan Shelby, Sr., who led the Washington County Regiment at the battles known as Chickamauga Towns. Lt. Col. John Sevier led the Washington County Regiment of Militia at the battles of Kings Mountain, SC (10/7/1780), and Boyd's Creek (12/16/1780).

In February of 1781, John Sevier was commissioned as Colonel/Commandant over the Washington County Regiment of Militia, a position he retained until the end of the war (assumed, records incomplete).

Col. John Sevier led the Washington County Regiment of Militia at the battles of Tuckasegee (3/1781), Moccasin Creek (9/11/1781), Moncks Corner #4, SC (10/16/1781), the Cherokee Expedition of 1782, and at Lookout Mountain (9/20/1782).

In the fall of 1784, the NC General Assembly created the new Washington District out of the existing Morgan District. They commissioned John Sevier as the newly-appointed Brigadier General over the Washington District Brigade of Militia. It is unclear if he accepted this commission since he was heavily invested in creating the unsanctioned new "State of Franklin" during 1784 and 1785.

John Sevier was born on 9/23/1745 in Augusta County, VA. He died on 9/24/1815 in the Alabama Territory.

From the Biographical Directory of the American Congress:

"John Sevier, a Representative from North Carolina and from Tennessee; born near Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia, September 23, 1745; attended the common schools and the academy at Fredericksburg, Virginia; moved with his brothers in 1773 and settled on the Holston River, North Carolina (now Tennessee); captain of Colonial Militia under George Washington in Governor Dunmore's war against the Indians in 1773 and 1774; county clerk and district judge 1777-1789; received the thanks from the North Carolina Legislature for meritorious services at the Battle of King's Mountain October 7, 1780; elected Governor of "the proclaimed" State of Franklin in March 1785 and served for three years; elected as a Democrat from North Carolina to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); appointed in 1791 as brigadier general of militia for the Washington District of the Territory South of the Ohio; upon the admission of Tennessee as a state into the Union was chosen Governor and served from 1796 to 1801; and again from 1803 to 1809; appointed in 1798 as brigadier general of the Provisional Army; elected from Tennessee to the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, until his death; appointed in 1815 as one of the commissioners to determine the boundary between Georgia and the Creek territory in Alabama and served until his death, near Fort Decatur, Alabama, September 24, 1815; interment at Fort Decatur, Alabama; reinterment in 1889 in the courtyard at Knoxville, Tennessee, beneath a monument erected in his honor."

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