Continuing at the park.
Colonel Abolt is showing a model of the original Fort Jackson. What is neat about this event, is that we are inside the remains of the old fort. The earthwork lines of the walls are still here.
Fort Jackson had a brief life where it was established after the Battle of Horseshoe Bend to negotiate an end to the Creek War. What Jackson got out of it was land cessions for much of the Creek land in Alabama, and even from the many Creeks who were his allies.
After this, Jackson went down to Pensacola and took the city from the Spanish because the British were using that city as a port. The British were already prevented from entering Mobile Bay because of the battle of Fort Bowyer two months before. Then the British set their sights on New Orleans, and Jackson was waiting for them at Chalmette, and defeated them at the Battle of New Orleans, which ended on January 8th, 1815.
If Jackson had not defeated the British at New Orleans, there would be no United States today. But that is a topic for another time.
Fort Jackson is at the confluence of three rivers. Further down the point is a Mississippian mound. This area has long been important to the Creeks as well.
Outside the fort, the ground slopes down to the Tallapoosa River.
And just down the slope, you can see where it meets the Coosa River to form the Alabama River.
Back then, the primary method of travel was by River. So forts guarded major river intersections and bays.
Back to Fort Jackson, one corner bastion has been reconstructed. Here, Ned Jenkins assaults it with his camera to get some good shots!
This young man is trying to get someone to barter for a turkey.
The regulars and Militia training outside the fort.
And to end the event, we have a timeline of different American soldiers from Rev War, 1790s, Lewis & Clark, and 1812 to lower the colors.