- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Members of the Tennessee State Guard will return next month to the organization’s roots at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Volunteers from all over the Appalachian region gathered at Sycamore Shoals on Sept. 25, 1780, to join with Isaac Shelby and John Sevier in fighting the British and Loyalists during the American Revolution.

The Tennessee State Guard, the state’s only authorized militia, recognizes that gathering of the Overmountain Men as the foundational event.

On Sept. 25, the State Guard will join with re-enactors to commemorate the 235th anniversary of that first muster as an essential element of the State Guard’s 3-day annual training event.

Among the activities, State Guard members will cross the Watauga River, weather permitting, as their predecessors did to participate in the muster.

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