Tecumseh and the Prophets, a War Memorial

Tecumseh and the Prophets, a War Memorial (HM1SY7)

Location: Daviston, AL 36256 Tallapoosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 58.966', W 85° 44.119'

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In 1811 Tecumseh, a Shawnee Indian tapped the growing resentment within the Creek Nation.

Treaties with the whites had always seemed to work against them. The U.S. Government had adopted a persistent policy to change Creek government and culture. The newest insult was that the United States had planned a new road through Upper Creek land without first asking for permission. Encouraged by British promises of support, Tecumseh hoped to unite all tribes to rid the land of whites. The Upper Creeks fervently embraced his ideas. The Lower Creeks did not.

Mystical men called "Prophets" spread Tecumseh's message. The Master of Breath would reward those who returned to the old ways.

The prophets claimed to have magical powers, to be able to change dry land to swamps, to cause musket balls to break apart on striking their bodies, to draw magic rings where any white who entered would die. They preached, working themselves into a frenzy and dancing the "Dance of the Lakes." On the rise in front of you three prophets danced at the start of the battle, screaming curses at the enemy and urging the Creeks to fight.
HM NumberHM1SY7
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.98276667, -85.73531667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.966', W 85° 44.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 57.96" N, 85° 44' 7.14" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near AL-49, Daviston AL 36256, US
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