A Bloody Contest

A Bloody Contest (HMVF7)

Location: Daviston, AL 36256 Tallapoosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 58.8', W 85° 44.024'

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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 soldiers two and half days through the forest to this ground.
HM NumberHMVF7
Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 618319 N 3649781
Decimal Degrees32.98000000, -85.73373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.8', W 85° 44.024'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 48.00" N, 85° 44' 1.44" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7 Hamlet Mill Rd, Daviston AL 36256, US
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