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, Aug 4, 2010
Dedicated to maintaining the memory of those many who perished in the
bloodiest massacre in American history, on both sides
FortMimsRemembered@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FortMimsRemembered@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:06 AM To: FortMimsRemembered@yahoogroups.com Subject: [FortMimsRemembered] Digest Number 435
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
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