Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Travel Guide

  • Small Cannon at the Visitor Center
    Small Cannon at the Visitor Center
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  • Remains of the Miller Bridge
    Remains of the Miller Bridge
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  • Cannon on the promontory.
    Cannon on the promontory.
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  • Grave of Major Montgomery

    Along the trail to the Artillery Battery is the grave of Major Lemuel P. Montgomery. Montgomery was a bright young lawyer and one of the most promising young officers in General Jackson's command. This was his first battle and he fell mortally wounded during the initial assault on the Red Stick fortification.

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  • Old Miller Covered Bridge

    Within the confines of the park, but not part of it, are the remains of the old Miller Covered Bridge. This bridge was the only way to cross the Tallapoosa for many years until the new bridge was built. Not much remains, however.

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  • High Ground

    There was a patch of high ground within the Red Stick area of the horseshoe bend which War Chief Menawaw planned to use as the last line of defense. When the battle was over, 800 of 1000 Red Sticks had died. Menawa himself was severely wounded but managed to escape. This battle brought an end to the Creek - US War.

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  • Charge and Defend

    Upon learning of the Lower Creek and Cherokee Attack on the rear area, Jackson and his troops launched an attack against the fortification resulting in very intense hand-to-hand fighting. Eventually, Jackson and his soldiers overran the fortification.

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  • Battle Area

    This is the area where Jackson and most of his troops were looking down at the Red Stick fortification, trying to cause enough damage to it to attack.

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  • Lower Creek and Cherokee Attack

    Shortly after the artillery bombardment began, Lower Creek and Cherokee allies of General Jackson swam across the river, stole Red Stick canoes and used them to cross the river to attack the Red Sticks from the rear.

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  • Artillery Prep

    The Red Stick Creeks had prepared very well for the attack. They had built a fortification consisting of sharpened logs and earth that was 5 to 8 feet high that stretched the entire length betwenn river banks, protecting the 80 to 100 acres of land in the horseshoe bend. Jackson ordered a bombardment of the fortification using 3 and 6 pound...

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  • Location of the Red Stick Stronghold

    It is believed the Creek Indians originated in the Southwest but moved into the area now known as Alabama and Georgia. They displaced or absorbed several tribes and formed a loose confederation. Several European Nations vied for favor with the Creek mostly through trade and gifts. Atfer the American Revolution they signed a treaty with the United...

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  • Visitors Center and Museum

    Like I always say the first place you should stop is the Visitors Center. Here you will pay the entrance fee and get any brochures, maps and other information to enhance your visit. There is also a nice museum and a short informative film available. The park is one of four parks associated with the War of 1812. It also concerns an 1814 battle...

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