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Keeping History Alive

2023 March: September 25-October 7, 2023.

2023 March Schedule

Every person participating on the March must sign the OVTA Lability Wavier and Code of Conduct Form and attend a safety briefing.

Anyone firing a firelock at any OVTA event must have the OVTA Blackpowder training.

Anyone firing a firelock at Cowpens and Kings Mountain NP must also have taken the NPS Blackpowder training.

Meals on your own unless otherwise indicated.

 Following is a day-by-day schedule of the reenactment including a short description of each day’s walk, logistics and planned activities. Last minute changes to the schedule will likely occur so please be patient when that happens.

 The OVTA is being called on to participate in many more community celebrations and school programming venues than in the past. As a result, much of the traditional road walking activities have been adjusted to meet those demands. With another year of covid, the march will be crazy with many changes. There will be a lot of short clip video recording along the trail each. So please be patient.

 Trail walking information is a separate document and can be found on the OVTA website. The trail information is a work in progress and needs a lot of updating. Information for the updates is being collected.

 This year’s March Officers are:

Grand Marshall                      David Doan     423-366-8091

Trail Marshall                         Tom Vaughn    423-366-8639

Director of Interpretations     Steve Ricker    423-278-0439

Safety Officer                         Jane Doan        423-366-8092

Safety Officer                         Dalton Wade    423-620-8297

Ordinance                              Mel McKay      423-930-5552

Wilkes/Surry Marshall           R G Absher      336-902-1760 

Marion Marshall                    John Garrou

Morganton Marshall             Bryant Lindsey


Col Campbell leaves Muster Grounds

Col Shelby & Col Sevier’s men head toward Fort Watauga

Sunday, September 24

Col William Campbell and his men leave the Muster Grounds. Col Shelby & Col Sevier’s men head toward Fort Watauga

9:00am-4:00pm          Call to Arms Public Education Day     Abingdon Muster Grounds

10:00am-4:00pm         Washington Co Muster                       Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park


:Sycamore Shoals                  Actual: Ft Womack

The Gathering

Monday, September 25

 Col’s Campbell, Shelby, and Sevier and their men arrive at Fort Watauga

 2:00pm                       Watauga River crossing                       Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

 Encamp: Sycamore Shoals                  Actual: Sycamore Shoals (Fort Watauga)

 The March Begins

Tuesday, September 26

 The Overmountain Men leave Fort Watauga heading toward Shelter Rock/Resting Place looking for Major Patrick Fergusson

 am                                       Rev Doak                                Sycamore Shoals         Elizabethton, TN

9:00am                                    Walk Yellow Mountain          Meet at Roan Mountain Community Park

3:00pm                                    Yellow Mountain van pick up

 Encamp: Roan Mountain Community Park                      Actual: Shelving Rock/Resting Grounds

 Wednesday, September 27

 The Overmountain Men cross Roan Mountain at Yellow Mountain Gap, drill and roll call, find two men are missing

Col Cleveland and his men leave Wilkes Surry


 Encamp:               Actual: Roaring Creek  

Thursday, September 28

 The Men continue along trail

 Encamp:          Actual: Grassy Creek  

 Friday, September 29

 The Overmountain Men divide into two groups to follow the two trails (North Cove & Turkey Cove) off the mountain


 Encamp:                         Actual: North Cove & Turkey Cove

 Saturday, September. 30 

 The two groups join back together and camp at Quaker Meadows, Wilkes Surry Militia under Col Ben Cleveland join the Overmountain Men at Quaker Meadows


Encamp:                    Actual: Quaker Meadows

 Sunday, October 1

 The combined Militia head toward Gilbertown crossing the Catawba River, heavy rain begins, camp at Bedford Hills

                                    Catawba River at Greenlee Ford/Catawba River crossing

 Encamp:                     Actual: Bedford Hills

 Monday, October 2

 Heavy rain continues, Overmountain Men remain in camp, officers elect Col Campbell as overall commander

 Encamp:         Actual: Bedford Hills

 Tuesday, October 3

 Militia head toward Gilbertown

  Encamp:         Actual: Marlins Knob

 Wednesday, October 4

 Arrive at Gilbertown, Ferguson is gone

 Encamp:                  Actual: Gilbertown

 Thursday, October 5

 The Militia head southwest and camp at Alexander’s Ford on the Green River. They learn from scouts that Ferguson is marching toward Charlotte Town and the protection of Cornwallis’s army.

 Encamp                        Actual: Alexanders Ford

 Friday, October 6

 The Militia head toward Cowpens and join with militia from South Carolina, Georgia and Lincoln Co., NC.

At 9 pm militia of best 900 men leave in pouring rain and head toward Kings Mountain

 8:15am-1:30pm           Cherokee Co School Day        Jolly Park         Gaffney, SC

5:00pm                         The Night before Kings Mountain program     Cowpens National Battlefield

 Encamp: Cowpens      Actual: Cowpens

 Saturday, October 7

 Before 3 pm militia arrive at Kings Mountain and battle begins at 3 pm

11:00am          Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kings Mountain National Military Park.

2:15pm            Meet at the Visitor’s Center to prepare for March finale

3:00pm            Walk into the amphitheater at Kings Mountain NMP for traditional ceremony.

6:00pm            Kings Mountain lantern tours

 Encamp: Home/Kings Mountain                      Actual: Kings Mountain


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