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Near Gainestown in Clarke County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Canoe Fight

 
 
The Canoe Fight Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
1. The Canoe Fight Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
On November 12, 1813, the Canoe Fight, one of the key assaults of the Creek War, took place nearby at the mouth of Randonís Creek where it flows into the Alabama River. Following the Fort Mims Massacre in August, small bands of Creek warriors persisted in attacks on settlements in the region. Capt. Sam Dale, stationed at Ft. Madison in Clarke County, volunteered to lead a mission to drive the Creeks from the area. The American militiamen, led by Dale, had launched their canoe the day before at Brazierís Landing (now Frenchís Landing) and moved upriver where
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Side 2
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they encountered a canoe containing nine Indian warriors. The American militiamen were: Dale, Jeremiah Austill and James Smith. A ferryman
The Canoe Fight Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
2. The Canoe Fight Marker (Side 2)
named Caesar paddled the canoe and as the battle ensued, he held the two canoes together. One Indian was thrown into the water and the other eight were killed. As a result of this battle, the inroad of the Creek warriors on the west side of the Alabama River was checked and the settlers of Clarke County were able to return to their plantations and gather their crops and enlarge their improvements.
 
Erected 2013 by the Clarke County Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 26.716′ N, 87° 38.659′ W. Marker is near Gainestown, Alabama, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Road (County Road 33) and Tennessee Road, on the right when traveling north on Madison Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Madison Road, Gainestown AL 36540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Canoe Fight Marker looking north on Madison Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
3. The Canoe Fight Marker looking north on Madison Road.
At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. French's Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gainestown (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fort Madison-Creek War 1812-13 (approx. 6.9 miles away); William B. Travis House C. 1820 (approx. 10 miles away); Masonic Lodge No. 3 (approx. 10 miles away); Perdue Hill Industrial School (approx. 10 miles away); John Murphy (approx. 10.1 miles away); Suggsville (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
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Also see . . .
1. Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Canoe Fight. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Sam Dale. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. The Creek War of 1813 and 1814 - The Canoe Fight.
Samuel Dale at the "Canoe Fight" image. Click for full size.
By Public domain - US Army photo
4. Samuel Dale at the "Canoe Fight"
(Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 164 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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