The Indian War of 1812. Battle of Horseshoe BendContributed by Janet Piccola
In March, 1814, General Andrew Jackson mobilized the Tennessee Militia, made up ofVolunteers from the East and West Tennessee Militias and the Thirty-Ninth U.S. Infantry for a full-scale campaign against the Red Sticks. General Jackson's army totaled about 3,000 men. Jackson's army left Fort Williams on the Coosa River (Mississippi Territory) and marched 52 miles through the forest in three days. They made camp six miles north of Horseshoe Bend. The Red Stick's had built a barricade on the river, which eventually trapped them once Jackson's soldiers surrounded them. Over 800 Red Sticks died as a result of the Battle. General Jackson's dead and wounded were taken back to Ft. Williams. The following is a listing of the soldiers who were buried at Ft. Williams.. The original site of Fort Williams is now under Lay Lake in Coosa County, Alabama. The headstones and the monument to the soldiers were moved to a new location 57 miles north of Horseshoe Bend Military Park. The cemetery has been badly vandalized. The site is NOT part of the Military Park and is on private property. Unfortunately, the cemetery cannot be maintained by the Military Park Rangers as they have no jurisdiction over the site. Anyone who might know to whom we might write so that we can get this area cleaned and maintained, please 'e' mail me. I will be happy to 'start the ball rolling'. Janet Piccola
The following list of those buried at the Indian War of 1812 Cemetery, along with a corresponding map. The list and map were done by Mr. Paul Ghioto, Park Historian, Horseshoe Bend Military Park, in March, 1978. The headstones are numbered 1-78.
1. Panky, Riley Pvt 25. Dawson, Thomas Pvt 2. Duncan, Allen Sgt 26. Meants, David Pvt 3. Austin, John Pvt 27. Robertson, Joseph Pvt 4. Laton, Joshua Pvt 28. Smiley, Sawyer Pvt 5. Sharper, Jacob, Pvt 29. Hutchinson, Reuben Pvt 6. Watson, George Pvt 30. Glasco, Robert Pvt 7. Abbot, Samuel Pvt 31. Gibbs, Nicholas Capt 8. Tracy, Paris Pvt 32. Miltonberger, William Pvt 9. Sawry, Henry Pvt 33. Reffew, Jeffrey Pvt 10. Jones, John Pvt 34. Pankey, Stephen Pvt 11. Ellis, James Pvt 35. Ford, Thomas Pvt 12. Bright, Elijah Pvt 36. Yates, Robert Pvt 13. Pursell, William, lst Sgt 37. Freeman, Moses Pvt 14. Brooks, George Pvt 38. Payne, William Pvt 15. O'Neal, Isom Pvt 39. Hill, Spencer Pvt 16. Beeler, Joseph Pvt 40. Rice, Rowling Pvt 17. Stubbs, Everett Pvt 41. Cloud, William Pvt 18. Magill, William Pvt 42. Usher, John Pvt 19. Summers, Johnston Pvt 43. Ritchey, Thomas Pvt 20. Bray, Solomon, lst Corp 44. Rector, Enoch Pvt 21. Bell, Phillips, Pvt 45. Nail, Archibald Pvt 22. Hamblen, Thomas Pvt 46. Harden, William P. Pvt 23. Hamilton, James Pvt 47. Waddle, Elias 2nd Lt 24. McCoy, James Pvt 48. King, Edward lst Lt Page 2, The Indian War of 1812 Cemetery 49. Smith, Briant Pvt 50. Sims, Alfred Sgt 51. Cahoon, Andrew Pvt 52. Cox, Gale Q.M. 53. Bruner, Jacob Pvt 54. Gross, George Pvt 55. Johnson, Thomas J. lst Lt 56. Bunch, William Pvt 57. Huffman, John Pvt 58. Crumley, Jacob, Sr. Pvt 59. Marshall, Joseph Pvt 60. Masoner, Peter Pvt 61.Horton, Caleb Pvt 62.Hill, Richard Pvt 63.McConka, Samuel Corp 64.Rogers, Spencer Pvt 65.Boaz, James Pvt 66.Yount, Jacob Pvt 67.Hellums, George Pvt 68.Dockrey, Able Pvt 69.Leeper, John Pvt 70.Rankin, David lst Lt 71.Thompson, Moses Pvt 72.Kathcart, Joseph Pvt 73.Rice, Able (Musician) 74.Moiers, Williams Pvt 75.French, John Pvt 76.Homes, Joseph Pvt 77.Fields, David Pvt 78. Alstadt, Nicholas, Pvt Location of the Cemetery: The Cemetery is near the town of Sylacuaga, Ala., about 13.2 miles off of U.S. Highway 280, approximately 57 North of Horseshoe Bend Military Park. The Site is marked on Alabama Maps as Indian War of 1812 Cemetery.
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