In my book, I want to answer critical questions about how this pioneer, soldier, and statesman became “Tennessee’s First Hero.” This moniker was bestowed upon John Sevier over eighty years ago by Dr. Carl S. Driver, whose book, John Sevier: Pioneer of the Old Southwest, remains the last book-length, scholarly attempt to examine John Sevier’s life in full detail. The title of my book is a tribute to Dr. Driver's work, and an apt description of the story that I plan to tell.
John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero will touch on themes expressed on this blog, exploring John Sevier's life through the lens of history and memory -- separating fact from myth by examining the efforts of early Tennessee historians, antiquarians, novelists, genealogists, and amateur writers to chronicle John Sevier’s life and exploits.
books. Traci Nichols-Belt is the author of Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War. Her book explores the significant impact of religion on the Army of Tennessee, C.S.A., on every rank, from generals to chaplains to common soldiers. Gordon Belt is the author of John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero, which focuses on the life and legend of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier. Both books are published by The History Press, an award-winning publisher of local and regional history titles from coast to coast. Gordon and Traci’s writings focus specifically on stories from their home state of Tennessee.