Historic Markers Across Alabama

The High Ground

Marker ID:  
Location: Battlefield Park Tour Road, Horseshoe Bend NP, Daviston AL
County: Tallapoosa
Coordinates: N 32° 58.183    W 085° 44.395
  32.96971666    -85.73991666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


The High Ground
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.

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

End of The High Ground