Friday, February 26, 2010

Lincoyer and the The Battle of Tallaseehatchee

The Battle of Tallaseehatchee took place in 1813 in what is today the small town of Ohatchee, Alabama. This battle was part of the Creek War. Some sources say that the Creek War was itself part of the War of 1812.

There are two small granite memorials marking the battlefield off of Hwy 144. It's relatively obscured and unless you see the small sign on 144 that mentions it or just happen to drive down the right road, you could live around here for years and not know that it's there.

Lincoyer was the adopted son of Andrew Jackson and his wife. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 16.

For the sake of the search engines, and those who may have trouble reading the image, this side of the marker says:

"This memorial marks the site where Lincoyer was found and saved by General Andrew Jackson, after the Battle of Talluschatches, during the Creek Indian War."

And then the rest of this side of the memorial is about Eli Henderson (a County Commissioner) who helped get the memorial put up. Well, I guess he does deserve some credit.

This side of the marker reads:

"At this site, on Nov 3 1813, after the Battle of Tallaseehatchee , known then as Talluschatches, during the Creek and Indian War, General Andrew Jackson found a dead creek Indian woman embracing her living infant son. General Jackson, upon hearing that the other Creek Indian women were planning to kill the infant, as was their custom when all relations were dead, became himself the protector and guardian of the child.

Because of his compassion, General Jackson took the infant to Fort Struther in present day Ohatchee, where he nursed him back to health. General Jackson then took the baby to his family home, The Hermitage, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his wife Rachel named the child Lincoyer and adopted, raised, loved, and educated him as their son."

Now, I don't know how solid the history of this marker is. I'm sure the basics are true. I just don't know how much weight I would put in the details. For example the phrase 'Because of his compassion' is the type of thing that makes me give less credence to this plaque, especially considering how many Native Americans Andrew Jackson killed and drove from their land.

I also don't know if I could take the word of this memorial that infanticide was a common practice amongst the Red Sticks. It might be true. But just because something is etched in granite doesn't make it true.

At any rate, I do like the fact that this memorial exists and marks the ground of a historic occurrence in my area.

As to the other small and older marker, it says "This stone marks the site of the Tallaseehatchee battlefield". It mentions "Andrew Jackson's men" and "victory over the Creek Indians". (Unfortunately, the pic I took was not good enough to read all the text.)

This map should get you close to the memorial.

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Michael said...

I enjoyed your post about the Battle of Tallaseehatchee. The photos were great.

DDG said...

Thank you very much Michael. And thanks for your comment.