The Battle of Burnt Corn Creek was reenacted under blue skies and before an appreciative crowd on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Sponsored by the City of Brewton, the featured exhibits, living history encampments, vendors and a smoke-filled reenactment of the 1813 Creek War engagement.
The original battle erupted when Col. James Caller’s force of Mississippi Territorial Militia attacked a Red Stick Creek supply train led by the Tallassee war chief Peter McQueen. Caller’s men initially drove the Red Sticks from the field and captured ammunition and other supplies they were bringing back to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from Pensacola.
McQueen rallied his forces, however, and drove the militia troops from the field with a bold counterattack. Caller and some of his men wandered in the woods for days before they finally found their way back to the frontier settlements.
The battle took place on Burnt Corn Creek north of present-day Brewton on July 27, 1813. Infuriated by the unprovoked attack, Red Stick forces retaliated by storming Fort Mims one month later. Hundreds of American settlers died in that attack and the U.S. government ordered three armies to invade the Creek country. The series of battles is remembered today as the Creek War of 1813-1814.
To learn more about Burnt Corn Creek and the attack on Fort Mims, please enjoy the documentary Battle for Fort Mims. You can watch it free on Amazon Prime Video or own it for $4.99. Click here to see it: Battle for Fort Mims.
If you missed the Burnt Corn Creek reenactment, the next scheduled Creek War living history event will take place at Fort Mims on August 25-26, 2018. Click here for more information.
Here are some photos from this year’s Burnt Corn Creek reenactment: