While the Long Roll Was Beating

While the Long Roll Was Beating (HMVF8)

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

N 32° 58.502', W 85° 44.135'

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

I never had such emotions as while the long roll was beating...It was not fear, it was not anxiety or concern of the fate of those who were so soon to fall but it was a kind of enthusiasm that thrilled through every nerve and animate me with the belief that the day was ours without adverting to what it must cost us...
Maj. John Reid, Tennessee Militia

While General Coffee's men took position across the Tallapoosa River. Major General Jackson stationed his remaining soldiers here, in front of the Red Stick's log barricade (marked by the white posts). In this field about 1,400 of Jackson's 2,000 men were Tennessee Militia; 600 were regulars from the 39th U.S. Infantry Regiment.

On both sides the tension built while cannon-shot slammed into the barricade. At 12:30 p.m. the drums beat the long roll announcing the order to charge. The army surged forward. Drummers like Americus Hammock, one of several African American soldiers with Jackson, echoed the pounding hearts of the men as they advanced into battle.
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Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 618153 N 3649228
Decimal Degrees32.97503333, -85.73558333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.502', W 85° 44.135'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 30.12" N, 85° 44' 8.10" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7 Hamlet Mill Rd, Daviston AL 36256, US
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