In September, 1793 Gregg’s Company of the Sullivan County Militia was dispatched to the Knoxville area. In June 12, 1793, a government representative had arranged to meet with the Cherokee to discuss peace.
During this meeting, Beard's Company of mounted militiamen ambushed and killed about a dozen Cherokee.
They Sullivan Militia camped on the south side of the Tennessee River a few miles from Cavett's Station on September 25, 1793.
That day an army of Creek and Cherokee warriors under the leadership of the Cherokee chief, John Watts attacked Alexander Cavett's Station in Knox County and slaughtered the family.
Muster Roll of a Company of Infantry Commanded by Captain James Gregg in the Regiment of Sullivan County Militia, Southwest Territory, in the United States Commanded by Gilbert Christian, Esquire, from September 1, to December 3, 1793
The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.
In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.