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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park

 
 
Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 4, 2017
1. Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park Marker
Inscription.  
Brahan Spring Park, formerly Beaty's Spring, was the site of Camp Beaty, the encampment of Andrew Jackson's army of volunteers and militia after their celebrated non-stop march of "32 miles in 5 hours" from Fayetteville, Tennessee on October 11, 1813. The urgency of the forced march was in response to a threatened attack on the city of Huntsville by a war party of Creek Nation. Jackson had previously dispatched Colonel John Coffee's Second Regiment of Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Riflemen, including David Crockett, to scout the area and to restore confidence to the frontier.

The threatened attack never took place and the army, nearly 4,000 strong, moved on to begin the campaign that became the Creek War of 1813-1814, part of the War of 1812. Camp Beaty served as a staging and supply area throughout the War with rent being paid to Captain Robert Beaty. Beaty had purchased this land from the Federal Government on August 28, 1809, and later sold it to John Brahan in 1819. The property changed hands numerous times until 1899 when Merrimack Manufacturing Company purchased the site. Merrimack's successor, Huntsville Manufacturing Company,
Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 4, 2017
2. Camp Beaty Brahan Spring Park Marker
deeded the land to the City of Huntsville in 1951, to be used as a city park.
 
Erected 2012 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list.
 
Location. 34° 42.317′ N, 86° 36.048′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Ivy Avenue SW and SW 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on Ivy Avenue SW. Marker is located in Brahan Spring Park under the Brahan Spring Recreational Service Road sign. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3770 Ivy Ave SW, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School (approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Hooper Councill High School Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Glenwood Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fifth Avenue School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hermes Guided Missile (approx. 1˝ miles away); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 164 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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