Sunday, 22 July 2012

Fort Loudoun: Forsaken By God and Man

These images come from a Facebook page for a documentary being made about Fort Loudon. It says

 The rise and fall of Fort Loudoun, a British garrison built in the Overhill Cherokee Nation.

Fort Loudoun: Forsaken By God and Man is a half-hour program that will be an in-depth exploration of the capricious relationship between British garrison soldiers at Fort Loudoun, and Fort Prince George, and the southern Overhill Cherokee Nation, during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
 The purpose of the film is to illustrate the very important yet tenuous relationship between British soldiers and the Cherokee in areas that would later become known as South Carolina and Tennessee. In return for this Cherokee alliance, British soldiers built Fort Loudoun (in what is now Vonore, Tennessee) to serve and protect the families of the Cherokee who were fighting against the French. Fort Loudoun became a trade hub between the British and Cherokee, and during the first two years of this alliance, relationships were peaceful and productive. Unfortunately, the final years of this alliance became violent due to misunderstandings and other grievances.

The story is personalized through the eyes of three men on opposing sides of this conflict: Captain Paul Demere, of Fort Loudoun; Oconostota, a Cherokee war-chief; and, Atta Kulla Kulla, a Cherokee peacemaker. The feud that arose between these former allies eventually led to massacres, the surrender of Fort Loudoun, and a hollow victory for the Cherokee.


  1. Dear Somerset,
    Couldn't get the email to function; hope you can open this site:!/media/set/?set=a.10150991819314576.423888.92536519575&type=3
    Wes Studi!!!!

  2. Hi, thank you for your interest in Nolichucky Pictures' documentary. The attached photos were taken by Gordon Horn. The filmed will be aired from 2013-2016 on all Tennessee PBS affiliate stations. A shorter version of the film will be donated for use in the Fort Loudoun State Historic Site Visitor's Center. We are hoping for a late spring premier.