The High Ground

The High Ground (HMVZC)

Location: Daviston, AL 36256 Tallapoosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 58.183', W 85° 44.395'

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

[The] high ground which extended about mid-way from the breastwork to the river was in some manner open, but the declivity and flat which surrounded it was filled with fallen timber, the growth of which was very heavy, and had been so arrayed that every tree afforded them... a communication or cover to the next, and so on to the river bank...
Col. Gideon Morgan, Cherokee Regiment

Throughout the afternoon of Mach 27th this area was the scene of brutal and deadly close combat. The Red Sticks planned to use this high ground as a key battle position-their second line of defense. Here they gathered fallen trees to provide cover in the event of fighting retreat from their first line, a log barricade, or breastwork, position behind you.

But Cherokee and Lower Creek warriors allied with Andrew Jackson attacked them from behind, crossing the river and pushing through the village, burning huts as they passed. Once they gained this ground the Red Sticks were trapped and forced to fight to the last or attempt escape to the river.
Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 2:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 617755 N 3648634
Decimal Degrees32.96971667, -85.73991667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.183', W 85° 44.395'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 10.98" N, 85° 44' 23.70" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-22 Hamlet Mill Rd, Daviston AL 36256, US
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