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By Dr. Gregory A. Waselkov Ph.D.

Nationwide repercussions to a bloody conflict at the southern frontier.
  
The fortress Mims bloodbath replaced the process American historical past in lots of methods, no longer the least of which used to be the resultant upward push of 1 Andrew Jackson to the nationwide level. The extraordinary Indian victory over the encroaching americans who have been bent on taking their lands and destroying their tradition horrified many and injured the younger nation’s satisfaction. Tragedies akin to this one have constantly rallied americans to a standard reason: a single-minded choice to smash the enemy and avenge the fallen. The August 30, 1813, bloodbath at fortress Mims, concerning thousands of lifeless males, ladies, and youngsters, was once simply this kind of spark.
 
Gregory Waselkov tells compellingly the tale of this fierce conflict on the fortified plantation domestic of Samuel Mims within the Tensaw District of the Mississippi Territory. With precious maps, tables, and artifact illustrations, Waselkov seems heavily on the conflict to chop during the legends and incorrect information that experience grown round the occasion nearly from the instant the final flames died on the smoldering ruins. at the very least as very important because the info of the conflict, although, is his elucidation of ways social forces remarkably converged to spark the clash and the way reverberations of the conflict echo nonetheless at the present time, approximately 2 hundred years later.
 
A Dan Josselyn Memorial publication
 

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Historical writings, from Pickett in 1851 up to today, have consistently assumed that southeastern women exercised absolute freedom of choice in decisions of marriage and divorce. That overly romantic view ought to be tempered with some awareness of the role of the lineage and particularly the role of clan uncles in arranging (and rearranging) marriage alliances. In the matrilineal society of the Creeks, relationships between men were established principally through women, while women could in®uence, shape, and dissolve old lineage alliances and form new ones.

According to Benjamin Hawkins. 26 In 1803 Charles Weatherford assisted Benjamin Hawkins, the American agent, by helping apprehend the English-American loyalist adventurer William Augustus Bowles. Beginning in 1783, Bowles tried repeatedly to organize and lead an autonomous Creek state, which he called the Muskogee Nation. He imagined Muskogee could, if allied to Britain, challenge Spanish and American claims to the interior Southeast. Although Bowles never achieved a large following among the Creeks, nor managed to create a Muskogee state, through personal force of will and sheer audacity he kept the Southeast in turmoil for two decades.

In two years, parties of axemen transformed the old Lower Creek Trading Path and other trails into the Federal Horse Path (eventually known as the Federal Road, which Interstate 65 parallels today across southern Alabama). Express riders were contracted to carry the mail from Benjamin Hawkins’ Creek Agency, in central Georgia, to Fort Stoddert in three days, a goal seldom achieved. 42 To inform his administration of the “imperfectly known” settlements on the Tombigbee and Tensaw recently acquired by the United States, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Ephraim Kirby as commissioner of public lands and dispatched him to Fort Stoddert (Figure 5).

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