MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Two hundred years ago a bloody battle between settlers and Creek Indians took place at Fort Mims, near Tensaw, Alabama.
By the time it was over, hundreds were killed on both sides.
Volunteers re-enacted the massacre for the 200th anniversary event.
Historians call it one of the bloodiest battles in American history. On August 30, 1813 in the heat of midday a band of Creek Indians known as "Redsticks" ambushed Fort Mims.
The fort housed about 550 settlers and slaves; all but 53 were killed.
“I have ancestor's who came here in 1813, the day before the attack and they chose not to stay,” said Claudia Slaughter Campbell, President of the Fort Mims Restoration Association.
The Fort Mims Restoration Association began preparing for this event three years ago.
It raised money to buy headstones and rebuild a replica log house at the site.
Major General Andrew Jackson and 1,300 Tennessee volunteers eventually defeated the creek's in the spring of 1814.
“My great-great-great Grandparents Captain Joseph Booth and Colonel Lee Slaughter rode with Jackson to avenge the deaths here,” said Campbell.
Association president, Claudia Slaughter Campbell, says her passion for this event can be traced back to her childhood.
“When we were kids we were running in the field and found some sharp objects which I found out were arrowheads and some pieces of pottery and my mother thought this must be Fort Mims,” said Campbell.
Campbell's mother got the Alabama State Parks and Department of Conservation to investigate the site in the 1950's and 60's, the rest as they say his history.
“She loved this place and she promoted it her whole life and when I was kind of ready to give up she said please keep going with this, so I guess it's in her honor and her memory that I've done this,” said Campbell.
Campbell's mother died last year, she was 95.
The thousands who attended this weekend’s event at Fort Mims owe their thanks to the Campbell’s for keeping this memory alive.
More info about Fort Mims can be found here.
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