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

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 historical past in lots of methods, no longer the least of which used to be the consequent upward thrust of 1 Andrew Jackson to the nationwide level. The extraordinary 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 satisfaction. Tragedies equivalent to this one have consistently rallied american citizens to a standard reason: a single-minded selection to wreck the enemy and avenge the fallen. The August 30, 1813, bloodbath at castle Mims, related to countless numbers of useless males, ladies, and youngsters, was once simply the sort 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 necessary 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 nearly from the instant the final flames died on the smoldering ruins. no less than as vital because the information of the conflict, although, is his elucidation of the way social forces remarkably converged to spark the clash and the way reverberations of the conflict echo nonetheless this present day, approximately 2 hundred years later.
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In the wake of Britain’s recognition of an independent United States in 1783, thousands of loyalist families ®ed the thirteen former colonies to escape a per- 20 / Chapter 1. vasive climate of political intolerance and persecution. Many sailed to the British Isles (among them, Lachlan McGillivray), Canada, or the Bahamas. Loyalists from the Carolinas and Georgia, in particular, were tempted by a Spanish offer of lands near Mobile and Natchez. S. 10 Not every Americano (as Spaniards called all English speakers in the region) arrived as a political refugee.

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). Kirby would inspect recently organized Washington County, which encompassed all land in the territory north of 31º latitude from the Pearl River to the Chattahoochee and respond to the president’s queries on the region’s physical and human geography.

William’s great-grandmother, Sehoy (referred to as Sehoy I, in the modern literature, to minimize confusion with like-named descendants), grew to adulthood in the vicinity of Fort Toulouse aux Alibamons, Fort Toulouse among the Alabamas (Chart 1). Early abuses by British traders based in South Carolina convinced the Creeks that they needed an alternative, competitive source of the cloth, muskets, steel knives, and other European manufactured commodities they exchanged for deerskins, furs, and peltries.

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