Talk:Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814)
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I was just curious to know why 1814 exists in the title of this engagement? Was there another Battle of Horseshoe Bend? A reply would be appreciated, thank you.--Az81964444 (talk) 23:18, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
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Obsolete historical legends
Stopping by just after the bicentennial of this battle, I'm disappointed to find so much misinformation in this article. Will revise as time permits, but for now:
The Creek War was not a war between Upper and Lower Creeks. The Red Sticks were not allies of the British and Spanish. (The Spanish remained neutral in the War of 1812.) The Creek War was a civil war between disaffected Red Stick rebels and the Creek National Council. Americans attacked the Red Sticks out of fear that they would get British support, and in response to rumors that they had already done so. Militia from Mississippi Territory, Tennessee, and Georgia invaded the Creek Nation several times, aided by Choctaw and Cherokee volunteers.
Andrew Jackson led the campaign that culminated at the Horseshoe. This battle has traditionally been treated as the end of the Creek War, but major conflicts continued, and many Creek rebels migrated to the Spanish Florida provinces, where they joined the Seminoles in resisting Jackson's invasion of West Florida. Horsehoe Bend vaulted Jackson to national fame. It is thought to be the costliest battle in the history of U.S. Indian wars, in terms of the number of native lives lost.
Good sources: Braund (2012), ed., Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812. — Waselkov (2006), A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 — Martin (1991), Sacred Revolt: The Muskogees' Struggle for a New World — Halbert and Ball (1895), The Creek War of 1813 and 1814. — ℜob C. alias ALAROB 23:08, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
- Alarob believes the Red Sticks were NOT allies of the British and Spanish. well no. Let's quote Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzer (2007). Encyclopedia of American Indian History. ABC-CLIO. p. 247. "The British and the Red Stick Creeks sought an ally in each other. The British provided supplies to the Red Stick majority to help them defeat the United States and its Creek allies." (and the Spanish governor also provided military supplies.) Rjensen (talk) 02:13, 30 March 2014 (UTC)