Coopertown in Robertson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle Creek Massacre
Erected 2017 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3C 4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1780.
Location. 36° 26.317′ N, 86° 58.163′ W. Marker is in Coopertown, Tennessee, in Robertson County. Marker is at the intersection of Tennessee Route 49 and Old Coopertown Road, on the right when traveling north on State Route 49. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield TN 37172, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nave's Crossroads (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Zion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Saint Michael's Mission Crockett's Station (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pleasant View (approx. 4.8 miles away); Davidson County / Robertson County (approx. 5.1 miles away); Peoples-Tucker School (approx. 6˝ miles away); Springﬁeld Historic District (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coopertown.
More about this marker. This marker was placed in Coopertown by the State of Tennessee in the mid-1970s, but went missing about 10 years ago and the Coopertown Development Committee paid to erect a new sign in the old one's place, identifying the place where, in 1780, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians slaughtered about 20 men, women and children.
Regarding Battle Creek Massacre. History of Battle Creek Massacre by the Battle Creek Baptist Church. The name “Battle Creek” comes from an attack by Choctaws and Chickasaws who massacred 20 settlers enroute from Red River, near Adams, to Eatons Creek Fort, July 1780. This happened on a branch of the Sycamore Creek less than 2 miles from the church.
Col. John Donelson and his
Moses Renfro and family and Joseph Renfro decided to leave the group and settle on the banks of Red River. Moses, Isaac, Joseph and James Renfro, Nathan and Solomon Turpin, Isaac Mayfield, James Hollis, James Johns and a widow named Jones, with their respective families made up this settlement known as “Renfro’s Station.” Not long afterwards, in June or July of 1780, a party of Choctaws and Chickasaws killed and scalped Nathan Turpin and another man at the station. They felt their isolation and inadequate means of defense and proposed to go to Freeland’s Station or Eaton’s Station. Concealing as many of their goods they could not carry, they set upon their journey, encamping about dusk. At this time, some of the party decided to return for more of
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,364 times since then and 766 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.