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The Story of Old Fort Loudon   By: (1850-1922)

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The Story of Old Fort Loudon by Mary Noailles Murfree is a captivating historical novel that transports readers to the days of the French and Indian War. Set in the rugged mountains of Tennessee, the author weaves a tale filled with adventure, treachery, and resilience.

The book revolves around the eponymous fort, a crucial outpost amidst the escalating tensions between the French, British, and Native American tribes. Murfree's meticulous research is evident throughout the narrative, effortlessly bringing the era to life. Her vivid descriptions of the landscape, the fort, and its inhabitants immerse the reader in a bygone era.

The characters in Old Fort Loudon are a diverse and engaging cast, each with their own unique story. From the determined and brave settlers to the enigmatic Native American tribes, Murfree delves into their motivations and internal conflicts, making them relatable and multi-dimensional. The complex relationships between the settlers and the Native Americans are particularly well explored—highlighting the tensions, misunderstandings, and occasional alliances that shaped this tumultuous period.

The pacing of the story is expertly executed, with the narrative steadily building towards a crescendo of drama and danger. Murfree skillfully interweaves historical events with her fictional plot, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The tension is palpable as the threat of war looms over the characters, and the uncertainty of their fates leaves readers eager to turn the page.

What stands out most about The Story of Old Fort Loudon is Murfree's prose. Her writing is rich and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the harsh realities faced by the settlers and the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding wilderness. Her attention to detail and ability to capture the essence of the time period makes the book a true pleasure to read.

Though the storyline occasionally meanders, delving into subplots that may distract from the main narrative, Murfree's lyrical writing style keeps readers engaged throughout. Additionally, the author's portrayal of the Native American characters may reflect the perspectives of the time in which the book was written, so readers should be mindful of historical context.

Overall, The Story of Old Fort Loudon is a compelling historical novel that transports readers to a time of great upheaval and courage. With its meticulously researched setting, richly drawn characters, and captivating prose, Mary Noailles Murfree's book is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction and those seeking an immersive journey into America's past.

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Transcriber's note

Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. A printer error has been changed and is listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original.


[Illustration: "The officers expressed their earnest remonstrances." (See page 198.)]

The Story


Old Fort Loudon


Charles Egbert Craddock

Author of "In the Tennessee Mountains," "The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains," etc., etc.

With Illustrations by Ernest C. Peixotto

New York The Macmillan Company

London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd.


All rights reserved

Copyright, 1898, By The Macmillan Company.

Norwood Press

J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.


"The officers expressed their earnest remonstrances" (see page 198) Frontispiece

Facing page

"What more wonderful? What more fearful?" 16

"The canoe rocked in the swirls" 54

"And oh, the moment of housewifely pride!" 128

"Plunging through the gate and half across the parade ground" 240

Belinda and the Ensign on the moonlit rampart 252

"The men had been hastily formed into a square" 346

"He stared forward blankly at the inevitable prospect" 376

The Story of Old Fort Loudon


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