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Haitiansoldier22 Apr 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

I want to game the battle of Horseshoe Bend in the near future. I've been to the battlefield but it was years ago. I recently finished Howard Weir's superb A Paradise of Blood which is about the entire Creek War. I also own A Conquering Spirit which is about Fort Mims, but I have been looking on Amazon for a book entirely on Horseshoe Bend, but nothing has come up. Is there any definitive book on the battle out there on other sites? I am willing to pay serious money to find an entire book treatment of the battle. Thanks to all.

WarWizard22 Apr 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

I believe David Crockett and Andrew Jackson were involved in that war. You may find references about it in books that cover those men.

amoryms22 Apr 2017 5:12 p.m. PST

Tennessee in War of 1812 by Tom Kanon, Tohopeka by Kathryn Braund(essays on the battle and other actions in the South), Osprey War of 1812 Militia in the Southwest by Ed Gilbert(lots of good stuff here). Horseshoe Bend NMP put out a nice booklet for the bicentennial which should still be available from the bookstore. Also, the park museum is being expanded with plans for opening by next year I believe. The park signage has been updated with some Troiani type illustrations.

Saying all this, the expert on this subject has got to be Rudy Scott Nelson and I am sure he will see this topic very soon and give us the best answer.

amoryms22 Apr 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

What figures are you going to use for Creeks, friendly Cherokees, and Choctaws? Are you thinking 25-28 mm?

RudyNelson25 Apr 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

Struggle for the Gulf Coast by Owsley covers a lot. The local museum on site has the standard small book on it. We wrote Alabama in Flames which was an Osprey style book and covered the entire war.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2017 5:12 p.m. PST

Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle for New Orleans 1812-1815. Frank Owsley.

This is a book that Rudy and I have both recommended several times on TMP. It is important and necessary for anyone who wants to understand the significance of the southern theater during the War of 1812, and that the United Stated gained enormous amounts of territory from the war and emerged as the clear victor.

Rick

Vincent Solfronk27 Apr 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

A good one is "Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812" by Mike Bunn. ISBN 978-1596293717

As a citizen of Alabama I have been to Horseshoe Bend a few times. It is a really interesting battlefield. While Davy Crockett was part of Jackson's campaign, there is no evidence that he was at the battle.

Note that Sam Houston was an infantryman who assaulted the works at the battle (member of the 38th Inf Regt IIRC).

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