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197th Ft. Mims anniversary: Aug. 28-9

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  • Amos J Wright
    From: FortMimsRemembered@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FortMimsRemembered@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:06 AM To:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2010
      Dedicated to maintaining the memory of those many who perished in the bloodiest massacre in American history, on both sides   



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      Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:06 AM
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      Subject: [FortMimsRemembered] Digest Number 435


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      War in the Wilderness From: Brien



      War in the Wilderness

      Posted by: "Brien" BrienMcW@...   horsesoljer

      Tue Aug 3, 2010 11:19 am (PDT)

      The year is 1813. The season is late August. The hot and steamy backwoods and swamps of the Alabama delta echo with the laughter of children, the lowing of livestock, and the drumming of the call to dinner. In scarce moments this lazy autumn afternoon erupts into hellish chaos. Shrill war cries, thundering muskets, and screams of dying souls shatter the serenity of the wilderness. The fort burned as hundreds perished beneath the blazing sun that fateful day. The clash pitted family against family, culture against culture, and nation against nation. News of the tragedy raced across half a continent to the heart of a newly founded nation. Not so much the carnage as the wheels it set in motion forever changed the course of history and the face of the landscape. The ripple that became known as the Fort Mims Massacre would swell to a tidal wave of anger that would ultimately bring about the forced migration of one nation and the westward expansion of the other. &q! uot;Remember Fort Mims!" became the rallying cry of the Creek Indian War.

      You are cordially invited to attend the 197th anniversary of the commemoration of this greatest of American tragedies. Living historians recreate the epic struggle in order to keep alive valuable lessons taught and learned. The palisade walls once again rise against the backdrop of dense forest and swampland. Come and see for yourself the settlers and militia who gather within the protective confines of the Samuel Mims stockade. See for yourself the glaring weaknesses of the fortifications that would spell their doom. And witness firsthand the bloody battle on this hallowed ground that would become the worst massacre in early American history. Lively music, Native American dancing, and artisans and craftsmen add to the enchanting atmosphere that is Fort Mims today. The dates are Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. The site opens each day at 9 a.m. The Skirmish at Burnt Corn Creek is staged each day at 11 a.m. The Fort Mims fight is at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p! .m. Sunday. Demonstrations of period clothing and weapons are ongoing throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults and children over the age of six.

      Fort Mims is located in Baldwin County off Ala Hwy 59 in the settlement of Tensaw, about 13 miles above Stockton off I-65. Follow the signs to the fort site.

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