This weekend is the reenactment commemorating the 200th anniversary of Holy Ground between Montgomery and Selma, during the 1813/1814 Creek War.
Above is an image of the local folklore of the battle, when William Weatherford leaped off a cliff on his horse.
I was hoping to be at the even this weekend, but after the hospital visit last Friday, I need to stay off my feet. I am not able to stand for a very long time due to what happened. I am doing better, but I should take it easy for a while. And should not drive far on the medication I am on.
Holy Ground was the large Creek town of Econochaca along the Alabama River. It was built as a refuge, well fortified and positioned to protect the women and children during the war. Soldiers of the Mississippi Militia under General Claiborne and their Choctaw allied discovered the town and attacked it on December 23, 1813. The warriors were able to keep the soldiers back until most of the women and children evacuated, but the militia eventually overran the town and burned it down. They also burned down the nearby plantation of Creek leaders William Weatherford and Sam Moniac/Manac. (Weatherford's brother-in-law, who had been somewhat supportive of the Americans, too.)
During the battlefield, Weatherford is seen leaping off the cliff of the river on his horse to escape the troops. Contemporary Creek authors Woodward and Stiggins say that it was an exaggeration, that Weatherford just double-backed on the side of the bluff and the soldiers just thought that he took the leap. But it is one of the well-established folk tales in Alabama folklore.
I think the drive would wipe me out more than anything else. About four hours one-way. I went almost the same distance driving Dr. Joe to Fort Cooper & back two months ago; and it turned into a 12 plus hour day and we were wiped out afterwards. I will enjoy all the Christmas decorations in town instead.