Historic Markers Across Alabama

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Marker ID:  
Location: Battlefield Park Tour Road, Horseshoe Bend NP, Daviston AL
County: Tallapoosa
Coordinates: N 32° 58.502    W 085° 44.135
  32.97503333    -85.73558333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

...[The Creek] had erected a breast-work, of greatest compactness and strength-from five to eight feet high, and prepared with double rows of port-holes very artfully arranged...an army could not approach it without being exposed to a double and cross fire from the enemy who lay in perfect security behind it.
Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, Tennessee Militia

The Red Sticks-a militant branch of Creek society-built the 400-yard-long barricade (breast-work) of dirt and pine logs. Stretching from bank to bank across the horseshoe bend of the Tallapoosa River, the barricade protected Tohopeka, their temporary village.

On a dreadful March afternoon in 1814, the barricade exploded with action. Nearly 1,000 Red Stick warriors bravely fought General Jackson's army here. About a third of the warriors carried muskets. The others used bows and arrows, knives, tomahawks, and war clubs.

Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.

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