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December 12, 2013

American victory over the Creek


From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Dec. 11, 1813

Compiled, with comments


Camp at Ten Islands, Nov. 4, 1813

Gov. BLOUNT, SIR—We have retaliated for the destruction of Fort Mims. On the 2d I detached Gen. Coffee with a part of his brigade of cavalry and mounted riflemen, to destroy Tallushatches, where a considerable force of hostile Creeks were concentrated. The General executed this in style.

One hundred and eighty six of the enemy were found dead on the field, and about eighty taken prisoners, forty of whom have been brought here. In the number left, there is a sufficiency, but slightly wounded, to take care of those who are badly.

I have to regret that five of my brave fellows have been killed, and about thirty wounded; some badly, but none, I hope mortally.

Both officers and men behaved with the utmost bravery and deliberation.

Capts. Smith, Bradley and Wiston are wounded, all slightly—No officer killed.

So soon as Gen. Coffee makes his report, I shall enclose it.

If we had sufficient supply of provisions, we should in a very short time, accomplish the object of the expedition.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, yours, &c.


P.S. Seventeen Cherokees under the command of Col .Brown, acted with great bravery in the action.

One of the Creek prophets is killed. – From the Nashville Clarion extra, Nov. 9.

COMMENT: This marked one of the first important victories of General Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) who had been since 1801 Commander of the Tennessee militia. He would go on to further victories against the Creek Indians (the so called “Red Sticks”) in Alabama and Tennessee, and then, of course, to his famous victory over the British at New Orleans in early 1815. He finally become a very famous and controversial US President from 1829-1837.

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