By Liberty Mountain, Apr 10 2018 03:01PM
You know what day it is? It's #TriviaTuesday here at Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama! Did you know that John Sevier was charged with treason after the end of the Revolution? After the end of the war, North Carolina ceded its territory west of the Appalachian Mountains to the federal government, who did not initially accept them, creating a territorial vacuum that soon became the State of Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin was flattered, but ultimately did not approve, writing in a letter to Sevier – “I am sensible of the honor which your Excellency and your council thereby do me. But being in Europe when your State was formed, I am too little acquainted with the circumstances to be able to offer you anything just now that may be of importance, since everything material that regards your welfare will doubtless have occurred to yourselves.”
After NC rescinded its order and tried to reclaim the territory, tensions came to a head, leading to what became known as the “Battle of Franklin.” After the battle, the State of Franklin dissolved, a warrant was issued for Sevier’s arrest by the governor of North Carolina. Sevier was subsequently captured near Jonesborough after attacking a store owner who refused to sell him liquor. However, the sheriff of Burke County, William Morrison, was a Kings Mountain veteran, and he released Sevier before the trial could begin. In 1789, Sevier took an oath of allegiance to North Carolina, and went on to become the first congressional representative from North Carolina’s 5th district, which encompassed the former state of Franklin, as well first governor of the new state of Tennessee after NC officially relinquished the territory.
The State of Franklin encompassed most of Northeastern Tennessee along the modern-day North Carolina border – including Wayne, Sullivan, Spencer, Washington, Greene, Caswell, Sevier, and Blount counties. Today, both Sevier County and Sevierville, Tennessee (birthplace of Dolly Parton) are named after John Sevier.
Watch firsthand as Sevier leads a group of men uphill to fight on top of Kings Mountain in our upcoming season of Liberty Mountain! Click here for performance dates and to purchase tickets.