Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Canoe Fight

Marker ID:  
Location: e intersection of Madison Rd (County Road 33) and Tennessee Rd., Gainestown, AL
County: Clarke
Coordinates: N 31° 26.716    W 087° 38.659
  31.44526666    -87.64431666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMV5XC


The Canoe Fight

Side 1
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

Side 2
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.

Erected the Clarke County Historical Society.

End of The Canoe Fight