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Near Guntown in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Chief Tishomingo Home Site

Chief Tishomingo Home Site Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mitch Caver
1. Chief Tishomingo Home Site Marker Marker
Inscription.  Tishomingo is the English spelling of his Chickasaw title, Tisho Minko. It translates as assistant chief but signifies that he was a great warrior and orator. Tishomingo led warriors by example, reputation and his powers of persuasion. He was born about 1735 and fought tribal enemies with valor, ferocity and distinction through the Red Stick War with the Creeks in 1813. In the minds of the 19th century tribal leaders, he was preeminent. The new tribal capital was named for him in Indian Territory and the tribal leadership designated him to be the warrior on the tribe's Great Seal. He died about 1840 during removal while trying to join his tribal members in the new Chickasaw Nation.

Special thanks to Lawrence Edwards, Mitch Caver, Richard Green and Joshua Hinson
Erected 2009 by The Chickasaw Nation.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
Location. 34° 28.283′ N, 88° 43.673′ W. Marker is near
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Guntown, Mississippi, in Lee County. Memorial is on County Road 503, 1.9 miles south of County Road 833, on the right when traveling south. 2.7 miles southeast of Brice's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 485 Co Rd 503, Guntown MS 38849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tyler's Flanking Maneuver (approx. 2.3 miles away); Morton's Battery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bethany A.R.P. Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Brice Home (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle of Brice's Cross Roads (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brices Cross Roads (approx. 2.4 miles away); General Sturgis' Supreme Effort (approx. 2.4 miles away); Brice's Cross Roads (approx. 2.4 miles away).
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Regarding Chief Tishomingo Home Site. Notes the historical significance of Chickasaw Chief Tishominko.
c. 1735 - c. 1837 Chief Tishu Miko (now written as Tishominko) was born about 1735 in Mississippi and has come to be remembered as one of the last great chiefs of the Chickasaws. Tishominko, meaning "King's Assistant" or "Servant King," served as a valued counselor to such notable Chickasaw leaders as Piominko, Itawamba
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and Ishtehotopa. Tishominko was known for leading warriors by example and was highly respected for his honesty and high moral standards. He served with distinction in the United States Military in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Red Stick conflict with the Creeks and the War of 1812 under the command of Uriah Blue in the 39th US Infantry achieving the rank of sergeant. Chief Tishominko was an influential, preeminent leader and fought many battles. Some of Tishominko’s greatest influence and service was during the time leading up to and during the Chickasaw Removal. He made several trips to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and was a principal signer in the Treaties of 1816 and 1818 as well as the Treaty of Pontotoc in 1832. The Chickasaws met at Good Spring on Pennington Creek to form a constitutional government in August 1856. The small town that grew up near this place was named Tishomingo in honor of the great chief. A district in the old Chickasaw Nation, a county in Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory and a county, town and stream in present-day Mississippi are all named in honor of Tishominko. We now have the Bounty Land Application form the National Archive which definitively documents the last day in the life of the great leader Tishominko. According to his son Richard, he died near his tribal members in Choctaw Nation Indian Territory in 1838 on the very day his wife named “U Kuth Le Ya”. Chickasaw native speaker Pauline Brown indicates his wife’s name may mean “Let’s go Catch It”. Today, the capital city of the Chickasaw Nation carries his name and the Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation bears his image as a symbol of what it means to be Chickasaw.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 63 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Mitch Caver of Baldwyn, Mississippi. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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