fyi..aj wright // ajwright@...
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 8:44 AM
Subject: Fort Mims After Action Report
You haven't Lived until you've Died at Fort Mims!
The most brutal but least known massacre in American history was reenacted
the 18th time last weekend. The 190th anniversary of this history making
battle was perhaps the best yet. Nearly twice the number of Indians than
last year gave the impression of a much more overwhelming attack. Special
effect weapons and a militia camp at the gate where a desparate hand-to-hand
struggle took place highlighted the action. Women and children screamed,
fake blood flew, the fort filled with smoke, and the large crowd of
spectators was awestricken. The weather was warm but wonderful, and the
party in Majors Creek after the battle was like old times.
Plans were immediately formulated for added activities for 2004. Three
chiefs of different bands of the Muskogee Creek Nation took part in the
fight and vowed to return with more of their warriors next year. The
backwoodsmen discussed a possible competition live shoot for prizes.
Several politicians and government officials pledged to work toward
acquisition of funds to upgrade the fort and commence construction of a
stockade wall enclosure. A number of first time participants declared it to
be the best reenactment they'd ever attended, stating they'd be back next
year for sure. Good times and big happenings lie in store for old Fort
Steve Thomas of the 21st Alabama Infantry, a local authority on authenticity
in the 1812 militia impression he portrays had this to say:
"...there was a nice transition for the public moving out of the 21st
century in the parking lot, slowly emerging back into the Alabama frontier
as they reached the compound like pealing layers of an onion. More and more
men and women with good period impressions. I thought the camps looked very
good and even the men working with some later period gear did a good job of
the '13 impression. Order was excellent! If the Friends could ever get a
blockhouse erected then the public would just about 'be there!' in their
The event went off without a hitch. Battle walk-throughs, carefully
choreographed hand-to-hand sequences, and safety instructions kept the
reenactment a safe one. There were very few glitches in the scenarios, no
reported safety violations, and virtually no reenactor injuries. Contact
with hot rifle barrels raised a few finger welts. It's a tribute to the
skills of the reenactors that four battles can be waged without incident.
My thanks to all who took part and made it such a huge success.
See you August 28-30, 2004 "....the good Lord willin'...and the Creeks
Battle of Fort Mims