With Deer Tails in Their Hair

With Deer Tails in Their Hair (HMVXX)

Location: Daviston, AL 36256 Tallapoosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 58.133', W 85° 44.557'

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

On the morning of the battle, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson's Indian allies surrounded the lower portion of Horseshoe Bend.

The Cherokee were positioned across the river from where you stand; the Lower Creek were farther upriver to your left.

Hearing distant cannon fire, Cherokee and Lower Creek warriors swam across the river, stole Red Stick canoes from this bank, and took them back to the other side. Hundreds of Indians—-adorned with deer tails—-then canoed across, a few at a time, to attack the village of Tohopeka behind you.

Jackson's Allies

Prior to Horseshoe Bend, Jackson ordered his Cherokee and Lower Creek allies to wear white deer tails in their hair or headdress to distinguish them from the Red Sticks. Although the Upper Creek and the Lower Creek were both part of the Creek confederation of towns, the Lower Creek lived closer to and had developed stronger relationships with Americans in Georgia. Many of the Lower Creek and Cherokee supported the United States in fighting against the Red Sticks; they joined Jackson's army hoping to secure rights to tribal lands and to gain financial support.
Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 617504 N 3648539
Decimal Degrees32.96888333, -85.74261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.133', W 85° 44.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 7.98" N, 85° 44' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1023 Hamlet Mill Rd, Daviston AL 36256, US
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