Indian Summer: The Siege and Fall of Fort Loudon

There are some stories that could only be written by actual historical events, and the fall of Fort Loudoun is no exception. Built in the heart of the Cherokee Indian Nation by the British Colony of South Carolina and garrisoned from 1756-1760, the fort was quickly isolated when British-Cherokee relations began to break down in 1759. After a strange yet lengthy siege, the surrender agreement was broken by both sides. What resulted was the attack and capture of the garrison and the death of nearly all its officers at the hands of their former Cherokee allies. These Cherokee, specifically the Overhill Cherokee, who in the 1700s occupied what is now southeast Tennessee, were one of the mightiest tribes in America. So strong was this tribe that for over forty years the two most powerful nations in the world, England and France, competed for a Cherokee alliance. Fort Loudoun was built to secure trade and assistance against their French enemies, but the French sent capable spies to undermine the English plans. What culminated at Fort Loudoun was what the French considered a victory and for the British was a defeat, but in actuality it was to be just the opposite.

Indian Summer is a true story. Literary license and fictionalization are only applied to the point of interrelating the actual events which comprise the story of Fort Loudoun. Only a few minor characters have been created, but even these were based upon real people who actually existed. When possible, conversations between characters are recreated from what is recorded in historical documents. All places mentioned are actual and some are still preserved as historical sites.
  • 6 x 9 Trade Paper 230pp.
  • Subject: Appalachian History, Native American Interest, Tennessee Interest

Condition: New

ISBN: 978-1-57072-203-5

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