The Battle of Talladega was a battle fought between the Tennessee militia and the Red Stick Creek Indians during the Creek War, in the vicinity of the present-day county and city of Talladega, Alabama.
When General John Coffee returned to Fort Strother after defeating the Red Sticks at the Battle of Tallushatchee, General Andrew Jackson received a call for help from friendly Creeks who were being besieged by Red Sticks at Talladega.
On November 9, 1813, Jackson's army arrived outside the village. The Red Sticks, inflicted 17 casualties upon Jackson. However, Jackson inflicted 299 casualties on the Red Sticks and drove them from the field. Click Here to see a hand-drawn map of the battlefield from 1813.
After the battle, there was a significant lull in the fighting between the Red Sticks and Jackson's army. By December, the U.S. force was down to almost 500 because of desertion and enlistments running out. In January, in order to support the Georgia militia, Jackson marched toward the village of Emuckfaw with an inexperienced force. This move resulted in the Battles of Emuckfaw and Enotachopo Creek. After these battles Jackson retired to Fort Strother. When Jackson received additional reinforcements (some of them regular U.S. troops), he once again went on the offensive and met the Red Sticks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
- Borneman p.149
- The number of casualtes for both sides are most accurately stated in Gen. Jackson's letter to Governor of Tennessee, Willie Blount written a few days after the battle..
- Borneman, Walter R. (2004). 1812: The War That Forged a Nation. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-06-053112-6.
- A map of Creek War Battle Sites from the PCL Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Holy Ground & William Weatherford
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