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Near Daviston in Tallapoosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

While the Long Roll Was Beating

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

 
 
While the Long Roll Was Beating Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
1. While the Long Roll Was Beating Marker
Inscription.
I never had such emotions as while the long roll was beating...It was not fear, it was not anxiety or concern of the fate of those who were so soon to fall but it was a kind of enthusiasm that thrilled through every nerve and animated me with the belief that the day was ours without adverting to what it must cost us...
Maj. John Reid, Tennessee Militia

While General Coffee's men took position across the Tallapoosa River, Major General Jackson stationed his remaining soldiers here, in front of the Red Stick's log barricade (marked by the white posts). In this field about 1,400 of Jackson's 2,000 men were Tennessee Militia; 600 were regulars from the 39th U.S. Infantry Regiment.

On both sides the tension built while cannon-shot slammed into the barricade. At 12:30 p.m. the drums beat the long roll announcing the order to charge. The army surged forward. Drummers like Americus Hammock, one of several African American soldiers with Jackson, echoed the pounding hearts of the men as they advanced into battle.
 
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 58.502′ N, 85° 44.135′ W. Marker is near Daviston, Alabama, in Tallapoosa County. Marker can
While the Long Roll Was Beating, Charge! and Designed for Defense Markers image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
2. While the Long Roll Was Beating, Charge! and Designed for Defense Markers
be reached from Battlefield Park Tour Road, on the left. Touch for map. 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. Charge! (here, next to this marker); Designed for Defense (here, next to this marker); Major Lemuel P. Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Trace (within shouting distance of this marker); Horseshoe Bend Battleground Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gun Hill (about 300 feet away); Futile Escape (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Fought to the Last (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daviston.
 
Also see . . .  Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. (Submitted on August 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Tour Stop #2 with three markers image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
3. Tour Stop #2 with three markers
Position of the Red Stick's log barricade image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
4. Position of the Red Stick's log barricade
The Tennessee Militia image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
5. The Tennessee Militia
The Tennessee militia, preparing for battle, wore homespun clothing dyed blue or brown for uniformity. Most carried muskets and bayonets.
African American Soldier sounding the long roll. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 16, 2011
6. African American Soldier sounding the long roll.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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