Phenix City in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Coweta and Northeastern Russell County:
Focal Point for Creek-American Diplomacy
—Creek Heritage Trail —
First Site of the Creek Agency
U.S. Superintendent of Indian Affairs Benjamin Hawkins lived among the Creeks for two decades. Appointed by President George Washington, Hawkins served as principal agent to the Creeks, and worked to teach them American agricultural practices and other cultural changes as part of the federal government's "plan of civilization." For most of his time among the Creeks, Hawkins lived at the official Creek Agency on the Flint River to the east. Between 1797 and 1799, however, he spent a great deal of his time along the Chattahoochee River at the towns of Coweta and Cusseta.
During the Creek War of 1813-14, the town of Coweta and most Lower Creek towns in the vicinity allied themselves with the United States and fought against their "Red Stick” kinsmen. The war began as a civil war among the Creeks over how to deal with foreign interference and grew to involve direct action against American military forces. In retaliation for Coweta's siding with the United States, Red Stick forces briefly laid siege
The Asbury School and Mission
The South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church sent Reverend William Capers to this area in 1821 to establish a church and mission among the Creeks. The following year, "Asbury Manual Labor School" was established a short distance from the site of the town of Coweta. The school taught area Creek children until its closure in 1830.
The Creek Factory
In an effort to regulate trade with Native Americans, the United States government in the 1790s established a "factory system" in which trading houses (called factories because they were operated by "factors" serving as merchants) were to be located within Indian territories. The first Creek Factory" was located in coastal Georgia and moved two times before being established at Fort Mitchell in 1817. This factory stayed in operation until the abandonment of the system by federal authorities in 1819.
Meeting Place of the Creek National Council
Coweta and the closely associated town of Broken
Top left: Benjamin Hawkins Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History
Bottom left: General John Floyd commanded U.S. forces in this area during the Creek War Courtesy of the Hargrett Library, University of Georgia
Top right: HCC historic marker for Asbury School and Mission
Middle right: Reconstruction of trading post at Fort Mitchell historic site
Bottom right: Field near the site of meeting place of the Creek National Council
Erected 2015 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, WestRock, The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Location. 32° 27.887′ N, 84° 59.942′ W. Marker is in Phenix City, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of Dillingham Street and Brickyard Road (Route 61) on Dillingham Street. Touch for map. Located on the north side of the Phenix City Amphitheater, along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 Dillingham Street, Phenix City AL 36867, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Emperor" Brims, Mary Musgrove and Chief William McIntosh (here, next to this marker); Coweta: Center for International Diplomacy (here, next to this marker); The Creek Town of Coweta (here, next to this marker); Six Indians Hanged (a few steps from this marker); POW ✯ MIA Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military Service Walk (about 700 feet away in Georgia); Horace King (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phenix City.
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Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.