A party of Virginians led by Dr Thomas Walker (1715-1794), in 1750 reached and named the Cumberland river and mountains in honour of the royal duke.
He ranged the whole field on horseback, making himself the most conspicuous target for Indian bullets, and, in spite of what he called the "dastardly behaviour" of the regular troops, saved the expedition from annihilation, and brought the remnant of his Virginians out of action in fair order.
From 1835 to 1861 many leading Virginians defended slavery as a blessing and as part of a divinely established order.
The company was composed of Virginians, including Thomas Lee (d.
Indeed, like most of the prominent Virginians of the time, Mason was strongly in favour of the gradual abolition of slavery.