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The cannon gives a perspective of the American lines and positions, though cannons didn't play much of a role here.
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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

11288 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Daviston, Alabama
Park = 8-5. Visitor center = 9-4:30. Closed some holidays.
256-234-7111 2 hours
March 2011 Fall, Spring
$0-9 Daviston Alabama
Website Historical Battlefields
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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is the location of a decisive US military victory against Creek Indians in 1814. As a result of the battle, Andrew Jackson, who led US forces, became a national hero and the Creeks ceded much of their land to the US. The well-preserved park is located in a rural area and is relatively large at 2,040 acres.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was part of the larger War of 1812, in which the US and some Indian tribes fought against British and their Indian allies. The war stemmed from US expansion into Indian lands and encroachment on British and Spanish interests. The Creek Nation split into factions leading to a civil war within the tribe. The anti-American Creeks after some inconclusive skirmishes built a winter village on a peninsula surrounded by the Tallapoosa River. Jackson split his forces into two groups and attacked the village. The smaller group crossed the river and assaulted the Creeks from the rear, while the majority of his men charged the village’s stockade from the front. The battle soon became a rout, and most of the Creeks were killed. A few escaped but their war was essentially over.

The park has a small average museum, a better 20 minute movie which has some good reenactment scenes and a well-designed auto drive that covers most of the battlefield. Unless you want to hike, taking the auto tour is convenient and will save time. From a battlefield perspective, there is little to see here because of the nature of the fighting and the absence of any historical structures. As a result, even for military buffs the park will have only marginal interest. Horseshoe Bend is a good choice for a picnic though, especially by the river which is lovely and tranquil.
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