On this day in Alabama history: Battle of Autossee took place

On this day in Alabama history: Battle of Autossee took place
Holy Ground Battlefield Park in White Hall, 2012. (Photograph by Rivers Langley; SaveRivers, Wikipedia)

November 29, 1813

The Battle of Autossee took place near present-day Shorter during the Creek War of 1813-14. The battle pitted about 900 Georgia militiamen commanded by Gen. John Floyd and 450 allied Creek warriors led by William McIntosh against about 1,500 Red Stick warriors inside the fortified town. Floyd and his forces attempted to encircle the town before sunrise, but a Red Stick hunter spotted the enemy troops, allowing many Red Sticks to escape. In the ensuing battle, the allied forces burned the encampments to the ground and killed 200 warriors – losing only 11 troops of their own. The Red Sticks later regrouped at Econochaca, or Holy Ground, and two other towns.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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