Futile Escape

Futile Escape (HMV81)

Location: Daviston, AL 36256 Tallapoosa County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 58.62', W 85° 44.263'

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

I ordered [Lt. Jesse] Bean to take possession of the Island below, with forty men, to prevent the enemy's taking refuge there...as many of the enemy did attempt their escape...but not one were landed-they were sunk by [Lt.] Beans command ere they reached the bank.
Gen. John Coffee, Tennessee Militia

Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson sent Gen. John Coffee and 1,300 men to surround Horseshoe Bend here on the banks of the Tallapoosa River. Jackson hoped Coffee's 700 Tennessee mounted riflemen and 600 Cherokee and Lower Creek warriors could close off all avenues of escape for the Red Sticks.

Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson sent Gen. John Coffee and 1,300 men to surround Horseshoe Bend here on the banks of the Tallapoosa River. Jackson hoped Coffee's 700 Tennessee mounted riflemen and 600 Cherokee and Lower Creek warriors could close off all avenues of escape for the Red Sticks.

Coffee ordered Lt. Jesse Bean and 40 mounted riflemen to wait on what is now called Bean's Island, in front of you. As Jackson's army attacked the Red Sticks, Bean's men aimed their rifles across the river, shooting any Red Stick attempting to swim to safety through the cold waters of the Tallapoosa.

[The] Tallapoosa might truly be called a River of blood for the water was so stained that at 10 O'clock at night it was very perceptibly bloody so much that it could not be used.
Lt. Alexander McCulloch, Tennessee Militia
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HM NumberHMV81
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Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 617951 N 3649444
Decimal Degrees32.97700000, -85.73771667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.62', W 85° 44.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 37.20" N, 85° 44' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2334 Hamlet Mill Rd, Daviston AL 36256, US
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