A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 (Hardback)Gregory A. Waselkov (author)
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Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 934 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 38 mm
"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."
"A beautifully written and thoroughly researched work."--Kathryn Holland Braund, Auburn University