A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of by Dr. Gregory A. Waselkov Ph.D.

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By Dr. Gregory A. Waselkov Ph.D.

Nationwide repercussions to a bloody conflict at the southern frontier.
  
The citadel Mims bloodbath replaced the process American background in lots of methods, now not the least of which was once the consequent 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 continuously rallied americans to a typical reason: a single-minded selection to wreck the enemy and avenge the fallen. The August 30, 1813, bloodbath at citadel Mims, related to 1000's of useless males, girls, and kids, was once simply this type 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 worthwhile maps, tables, and artifact illustrations, Waselkov seems heavily on the conflict to chop throughout the legends and incorrect information that experience grown round the occasion virtually from the instant the final flames died on the smoldering ruins. a minimum of as very important because the info of the conflict, notwithstanding, is his elucidation of ways social forces remarkably converged to spark the clash and the way reverberations of the conflict echo nonetheless this present day, approximately 200 years later.
 
A Dan Josselyn Memorial publication
 

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A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814

National repercussions to a bloody conflict at the southern frontier.   The citadel Mims bloodbath replaced the process American heritage in lots of methods, no longer the least of which was once the resultant upward push of 1 Andrew Jackson to the nationwide level. The remarkable Indian victory over the encroaching american citizens who have been bent on taking their lands and destroying their tradition horrified many and injured the younger nation’s delight.

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Later he famously regretted the massacre of civilians that ensued. Opposing him were two commanders of the forces defending the fort. Dixon Bailey led the local Tensaw militia. Like his adversary Weatherford, Bailey was métis, son of an English trader and a Creek woman of the Wind clan. 1 Commanding the Mississippi Territorial Volunteers, which comprised most of the garrison at Fort Mims, was Major Daniel Beasley, a native of Virginia and for nearly a decade sheriff of Jefferson County, Mississippi Territory.

The rise of racialist thought in early nineteenthcentury America would soon turn public discourse away from assimilation toward discussions of Indian removal. But that lay in the future when Alexander McGillivray led a delegation of Creek leaders to New York City in the summer of 1790 to negotiate and sign a “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” with the United States. This early implementation of the “plan of civilization” contained the following clause, Article XII: “That the Creek nation may be led to a greater degree of civilization, and to become herdsmen and cultivators, instead of remaining in a state of hunters, the United States will from time to 26 / Chapter 1.

Alexander and the Durants established the ¤rst Creek plantation in the Tensaw area in the fall of 1783 when they and forty slaves drove “a good herd of cattle” south from Little Tallassee. Three of Sophia’s seven children would take up the Redstick cause, including daughter Betsy, who married the Redstick leader, Peter McQueen. Jennet McGillivray, Alexander’s younger sister, married the French adventurer Louis LeClerc Milfort, a friend of Alexander’s who had gained the position of tastanagi (tvstvnvke, war leader) among the Creeks.

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