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INDIAN WAR OF 1812
In March, 1814, General Andrew Jackson mobilized the Tennessee Militia, made up of Volunteers from th East and West Tennessee Militia and the Thirty-Ninth U.S. Infantry for a full-scale campaign against the Red Sticks. General Jackson's army totaled about 3,000 men. Jackson's army left Fort Williams on the Coosa River (Mississippi Territory) and marched 52 miles through the forest in three days. They made camp six miles north of Horseshoe Bend. The Red Stick's had built a barricade on the river, which eventually trapped them once Jackson's soldiers surrounded them. Over 800 Red Sticks died as a result of the battle. General Jackson's dead and wounded were taken back to Fort Williams. The following is a listing of the soldiers who were buried at Fort Williams.
The original site of Fort Williams is now under Lay Lake in Coosa County, Alabama. The headstones and the monument to the soldiers were moved to a new location 57 miles north of Horseshoe Bend Military Park. The cemetery has been badly vandalized. The site is NOT part of the Military Park and is on private property. Unfortunately, the cemetery cannot be maintained by the Military Park Rangers as they have no jurisdiction over the site. Anyone who might know to whom we might write so we can get this area cleaned and maintained, please Email me. I will be happy to "start the ball rolling." Janet Piccola
The following list of those buried at the Indian War of 1812 Cemetery. There is a corresponding map. The list and map were done in March 1978 by Mr. Paul Ghioto, Park Historian, Horseshoe Bend Military Park. The headstones are numbered 1 through 78.
Location of the Cemetery: The Cemetery is near the town of Sylacuaga, Ala., about 13.2 miles off of U.S. Highway 280, approximately 57 North of Horseshoe Bend Military Park. The Site is marked on Alabama Maps as "Indian War of 1812 Cemetery".