The Canoe Fight Historical

The Canoe Fight Historical (HM1X0B)

Location: Gainestown, AL 36540 Clarke County
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N 31° 26.716', W 87° 38.659'

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On November 12, 1813, the Canoe Fight, one of the key assaults of the Creek War, took place nearby at the mouth of Randon's 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 Brazier's Landing (now French's Landing) and moved upriver where

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they encountered a canoe containing nine Indian warriors. The American militiamen were: Dale, Jeremiah Austill and James Smith. A ferryman 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.
HM NumberHM1X0B
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Clarke County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 438776 N 3479129
Decimal Degrees31.44526667, -87.64431667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 26.716', W 87° 38.659'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 26' 42.96" N, 87° 38' 39.54" W
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Area Code(s)251
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 535 Madison Rd, Gainestown AL 36540, US
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