Near Forest Home in Butler County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Butler Massacre / Fort Bibb
The Butler Massacre
On March 20, 1818, Capt. William Butler, Capt. James Saffold, William Gardener, Daniel Shaw and John Hinson left Fort Bibb to meet Col. Sam Dale. They were attacked near Pine Barren Creek by Savannah Jack and his warriors. Gardener and Shaw were shot dead; Butler and Hinson wounded. Saffold and Hinson escaped on horseback to Fort Bibb, but Capt. Butler, thrown from his horse and left on foot, was killed by the Indians. Butler County was named in his honor.
Named for Alabama Territorial Governor William Wyatt Bibb, Fort Bibb was built in winter 1817-1818 to protect settlers from Creek Indian attacks. It was said to be a stockade enclosing Capt. James Saffold's home at the Flats (Pine Flats). Col. Sam Dale helped strengthen Fort Bibb in spring 1818 as he and his militia built Fort Dale 13-14 miles northeast on the Federal Road. These forts were Butler County's first election sites in 1820.
Erected 2012 by Butler County Historical Society.
Location. 31° 50.308′ N, 86° 52.949′ W. Marker is near Forest Home, Alabama, in Butler County. Marker is on Pineapple Highway (Alabama Route 10) 0.8 miles Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Home AL 36030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Federal Road (approx. 6.2 miles away); Pine Apple Historic District (approx. 6.3 miles away); Moore Academy (approx. 6.6 miles away); Downtown Pine Apple (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Pine Apple Historic District (approx. 7.1 miles away); Furman National Historic District (approx. 12.1 miles away); Midway (approx. 12.9 miles away); a different marker also named Old Federal Road (approx. 15.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a replacement marker.
Also see . . . The Massacres. by Peter A. Brannon, Montgomery Advertiser Newspaper, 01/31/1943 (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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