Near Daviston in Tallapoosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A Bloody Contest
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Any officer or soldiers who flies before the enemy-shall suffer death.
With these harsh words, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson marched his soldiers 52 miles from the Coosa River to Horseshoe Bend and a bloody contest with the Red Sticks. His battle map shows how he positioned his troops early that Sunday morning, March 27, 1814.
In the field before you-in 1814 a forest of pine, oak, and hickory-Jackson's troops prepared for battle. A half mile ahead stood a log barricade, with the Red Sticks behind it awaiting Jackson's advance. The barricade, built by the Red Sticks, sealed off the horseshoe bend in the Tallapoosa River and protected their village, Tohopeka, which included 350 women and children.
The war started in 1813 as a civil war within the Creek confederation of towns. A portion of the population, known as Red Sticks, rebelled against the Creek national council, a group generally seeking to accommodate rather than challenge American expansion. The Creek civil war quickly developed into a large conflict involving Georgia, Tennessee, and the Mississippi Territory.
As Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson pushed south with his Tennessee army, Red Sticks from several towns sought refuge here at Horseshoe Bend. Jackson, determined to succeed where previous campaigns had been indecisive, marched his
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 58.8′ N, 85° 44.024′ W. Marker is near Daviston, Alabama, in Tallapoosa County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Tour Road, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is located about 150 yards above the Overlook Parking area on the grounds of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park along the Battlefield Park Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11288 Horseshoe Bend Road, Daviston AL 36256, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horseshoe Bend Campaign Combatants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tecumseh and the Prophets (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Gun Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Horseshoe Bend Battleground Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Futile Escape (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major Lemuel P. Montgomery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson Trace (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daviston.
Also see . . .
1. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Encyclopedia of Alabama - Battle of Horseshoe Bend. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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