Background[edit | edit source]
After the massacre at Fort Mims, General Andrew Jackson assembled an army of 2,500 Tennessee militia. Jackson began marching into Mississippi Territory to combat the Red Stick Creeks. Jackson's troops began to construct Fort Strother along the Coosa River. 15 miles (24 km) away from the fort lay the Creek village of Tallushatchee where a sizeable force of Red Stick warriors were. Jackson ordered his friend and most trusted subordinate, General John Coffee, to attack the village.
Battle[edit | edit source]
Coffee took about 1,000 dragoons and arrived at the village on November 3, where he divided his brigade into two columns, which encircled the town. Two companies ventured into the center of the circle to draw out the warriors. The trap worked, the warriors attacked and were forced to retreat back into the buildings of the village. Coffee closed the circle in on the trapped warriors. Davy Crockett, serving in the Tennessee Militia, commented, "We shot 'em down like dogs." Coffee's forces killed about 180 warriors while suffering only 5 dead and 41 wounded. This battle was the first battle in General Andrew Jackson's military campaign. A week later, General Jackson inflicted another serious defeat on the Red Sticks at the Battle of Talladega.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
In the movie 2004 film the battle is briefly mentioned by David Crockett (played by Billy Bob Thornton).
A battle similar to the Battle of Tallushatchee is shown in the Walt Disney film, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Borneman p.147
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Borneman, Walter R. (2004). 1812: The War That Forged a Nation. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-06-053112-6.
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- A map of Creek War Battle Sites from the PCL Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
- "Tallasseehatchee Historical Marker"
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