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American victory over the Creek

Cooperstown Crier


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.

At the Battle of Tallushatches, fought on Nov. 4, 1813 in Alabama, Jackson commanded 3,500 Tennessee militia, and sent his friend and trusted aide, General John Coffee (1772-1833) to lead the attack on the Creek Indian village. Willie [pronounced Wiley] Blount (1768-1835) was Governor of Tennessee from 1809-1815. I have not identified the particular “prophet” killed in this battle; the Creek Indians had a number of religious leaders called “prophets,” most of them of mixed Indian/white descent.

Dancing School

Mr. Shepherd, respectfully informs the Gentlemen and Ladies of Cooperstown and Cherry Valley, that not having met with the success in Johnstown which he expected, he has returned and intends to teach one Quarter more in each of the above places.

During this quarter, Mr. S. will introduce several handsome sets of Cotillions, and if any of the Ladies who were taught the last quarter should attend again, he will teach them some Fancy Dances, of which he has a variety, adapted for young ladies.—Mr. S. embraces this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks for the encouragement he has already received, and hopes by strict attention to his business still to merit and receive the liberal patronage of the people of both places.

The School will commence in Cooperstown on Monday the 20th, at Mr. Munn’s, and in Cherry Valley, on Wednesday the 23d inst. at Mr. Wright’s.

Cooperstown, Dec. 11, 1813.

COMMENT: Mr. Shepherd had not had much luck teaching the youth of Cooperstown how to trip the light fantastic when he first tried here in July.


The city of Halifax [Nova Scotia] is said to abound with American smugglers, who having their agents in the States, find opportunities to introduce the effects of their trade among us to great advantage.

During the month of September in the course of one day, 17,000 barrels of flour and provisions arrived at Halifax from the U.S. How disgraceful. ...

Vessels arrive here [Halifax] daily from the U. States with provisions of every description, and it is well known here and in Canada where I have been, that our situation would have been otherwise in that country, if it were not for the supplies received here from the U. States, forwarded thence [to Canada] from here. —Boston Post.

COMMENT: The enormous quantity of goods (largely food for British troops) smuggled from the United States to Nova Scotia and Canada [then including only what are now the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec] was a major factor in allowing the British to continue the War of 1812.


A HINT — It is known to every Northern man, that Indians, on snow shoes, will travel in the woods, on snow two or three feet deep, at the rate of three or four miles an hour—that the Canadians are equally expert with snow shoes; and it is a fact, that the British troops in Canada are exercised with and taught the use of snow shoes. — Plattsburgh Republican

COMMENT: Presumably the hint, from a Northern New York newspaper, is that American troops should also practice this method of marching during the winter.


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RUFUS DRAPER. Maryland, Nov. 27th, 1813

COMMENT: Rufus Draper (1778-1822) is buried, with a number of relatives, in the Draper Hill Cemetery in Westford.