200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend

"National Park Photo"
"National Park Photo"

If the family is a bit restless and would like to take a road trip, you can head up to north-central Alabama to watch the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is located in Daviston, Alabama on the Tallapoosa River.  The Bicentennial events this weekend commemorate the fierce battle that ended the Creek-Indian War.

In north Baldwin County, the re-enactment of The Battle of Fort Mims takes place every year near Stockton.  The Fort Mims Massacre, as it is popularly known, happened on August 30, 1813.  More than five hundred people were killed or captured.  Some historians would say the Massacre of Fort Mims was the flashpoint that began the Creek War.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought on March 27, 1814.  Major General Andrew Jackson, who years later became President of the United States, defeated the Red Sticks of the Creek Indian tribe.

According to the National Park website, Jackson’s army of more than three thousand men attacked one thousand Red Stick Creek warriors and their families, who were camped in a bend of the Tallapoosa River.  The Creeks were fighting to keep their land and their rights but were defeated.

The ending of the Creek War opened up new territory for white settlers.  Some of that territory became the state of Alabama.

At Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is hosting a three day event that began March 27 and continues Sunday, March 29.

The park website says “Visitors will see demonstrations of the traditional skills of the early 1800s and experience living history which showcases the everyday lives of the Creek and Cherokee tribes.”

The park is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call 256 234 7111 for more information on the weekend activities.





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