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The Battle of Tallushatchee November 3, 1813

This battle was fought at the Creek village known as Tallushatchee, which was located in Alabama. After the news of the Fort Mims Massacre reached white leaders, Andrew Jackson was instructed to raise a force of 2,500 white soldiers to wage a war on the Southern Anishinabe Confederation. Jackson’s military force stopped and commenced to build a fortification which was about 15 miles from the Creek village of Tallushatchee. The name of the fort was Fort Struther. They obviously intended on launching an assault on the Creek village which may have been neutral or allied with the whites. Though historians claim the village harbored hostile soldiers, we know from history to think otherwise. The whites were obviously thinking about retaliation. On November 3, 1813, Jackson instructed General John Coffee to lead the white soldiers to attack the Creek village. In the battle that followed, Coffee ordered his 1,000 soldiers to circle the Creek village then they commenced their assault upon the Creek village which may have been allied with the whites. Coffee instructed a large group of his soldiers to appear as if they were in dire need of reinforcements, to attempt to draw the soldiers in the village, out to fight them. It worked as planned, but the soldiers soon ended their assault then retreated back into the village. In the horrible battle, around 180 Indian soldiers were killed, including Anishinabe, if you believe the whites that is. For all we know the white soldiers probably attacked a village that was neutral or allied with the whites. They were enraged and seeking to retaliate.

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