KNOXVILLE- “Revisiting the Creek War of 1813,” examining Tennessee’s role in the war, will be presented 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 23 at Knoxville’s East Tennessee History Center. It is one of a series of programs held across the state by the Tennessee War of 1812 Commission. The conference is free and open to the public.
Susan Abram, Tom Kanon and Kathryn Braund, three experts on the Creek War, will present their research on the impact of the conflict on the region’s peoples under the theme, “Rethinking the Creek War,” a theme that reflects the title of a new book, “Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” to which all three have contributed key essays. Some 600 Cherokees fought alongside General Andrew Jackson’s army against the Red Stick Creeks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
Other programs include a War of 1812 Teachers Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22; “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812,” a traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23; and the East Tennessee Historical Society’s exhibit, “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee,” which features a journal kept during the war by Captain Jacob Hartsell of Washington County, a powder horn carried on the Lewis and Clark expedition and the handmade, silk-embroidered flag of Colonel John Williams’ 39th U.S. Regiment, as well as a portrait of Colonel Williams.
The War of 1812 brought Tennessee into the national spotlight for its military and political prowess and catapulted General Andrew Jackson to the presidency. Some 600 Cherokees fought alongside General Andrew Jackson’s army against the Red Stick Creeks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.