A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 (Hardback)
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A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 30/10/2006
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The Fort Mims massacre changed the course of American history in many ways, not the least of which was the ensuing rise of one Andrew Jackson to the national stage. The unprecedented Indian victory over the encroaching Americans who were bent on taking their lands and destroying their culture horrified many and injured the young nation's pride. Tragedies such as this one have always rallied Americans to a common cause: a single-minded determination to destroy the enemy and avenge the fallen. The August 30, 1813, massacre at Fort Mims, involving hundreds of dead men, women, and children, was just such a spark. Gregory Waselkov tells compellingly the story of this fierce battle at the fortified plantation home of Samuel Mims in the Tensaw District of the Mississippi Territory. With valuable maps, tables, and artifact illustrations, Waselkov looks closely at the battle to cut through the legends and misinformation that have grown around the event almost from the moment the last flames died at the smoldering ruins. At least as important as the details of the battle, though, is his elucidation of how social forces remarkably converged to spark the conflict and how reverberations of the battle echo still today, nearly two hundred years later.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817314910
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 934 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 38 mm


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"Blending the diverse and complex but complementary skills of the historian, archaeologist, anthropologist, and ethnographer, Gregory A. Waselkov has plowed new ground and authored a tour de force. A Conquering Spirit is a must read for those interested in the vital but tragic early history of our nation, as well as those who savor heritage tourism."--Edwin Bearrs, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service
"Waselkov re-creates the lost world of the Tensaw, a middle ground on the permeable membrane of the old southwestern frontier. His painstaking research introduces a richly textured population, many of whom had prospered in the pre-Redstick War era and likewise lost much afterward. The author laboriously reconstructs the several interest groups to help readers understand why there was a Fort Mims, why there was a massacre, and why regional and national leaders were so intent on destroying and removing the Creeks (save for the Poarch Band, who have managed to survive into the 21st century). Waselkov (Univ. of South Alabama) makes the Tecumseh-Tenskwatawa connection clear as an inspiration for the Redstick prophets. (Scholars interested in Redstick religious philosophy also will benefit from reading Joel Martin's Sacred Revolt, CH, Dec'91, 29-2308). Waselkov's genealogical accomplishments should inspire others to embrace this long-shunned strategy. The brilliant depiction of the Sehoy matrilineality illuminates seven decades of the frontier story. Alexander McGillivray and William Weatherford, Sehoys both, provided stunning leadership for the Creeks between 1777 and 1814. The amazing appendixes listing Fort Mims participants and providing a modern touring field guide are icing on the cake. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries."
--CHOICE

"A beautifully written and thoroughly researched work."--Kathryn Holland Braund, Auburn University

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