19th century artist’s impression of the attack on Fort Mims. Tennessee State Library and Archives

The annual living history event and reenactment commemorating the Battle of Fort Mims is this weekend (August 25-26). The event is at Fort Mims Historic Site in Tensaw, Alabama.

The Battle of Fort Mims was a bloody action of the Creek War of 1813-1814. Infuriated over the attack on one of their supply parties at the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek, Red Stick Creek warriors launched a retaliatory strike on Fort Mims. The settlers and militia crowded into the fort made a critical mistake by leaving the main gate open as they sat down for lunch on the hot afternoon of August 31, 1813.

Led by their prophets, part of the Red Stick force stormed through the open gate while other detachments blocked loopholes with fence rails and carried the blockhouse at the southwest corner of the fort. The inhabitants fought desperately but when the battle ended more than 250 men, women and children were dead. An estimated 100 Red Stick warriors also died.

A Red Stick warrior fires during the annual living history event at Fort Mims in Tensaw, Alabama.

Learn more about Fort Mims by watching the documentary Battle for Fort Mims on Amazon. It is free to watch or you can buy your own digital copy for $4.99.

The attack on Fort Mims led U.S. authorities to order three armies into the Creek Nation. Gen. Andrew Jackson led one from Tennessee south into Alabama. Gen. John Floyd brought his command west from Georgia across the Chattahoochee River into the Nation. And Gen. Ferdinand Claiborne drove up the Alabama River with an army from the Mississippi Territory. Thousands of people died and the power of the Red Sticks was broken at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend near what is now Alexander City, Alabama.

The annual Fort Mims event features living history encampments and demonstrations, historical lectures, reenactments of the battles of Burnt Corn Creek and Fort Mims, a memorial service held by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), vendors, food, historical music and more. Activities begin each day (Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26) at 9 a.m.

Learn more from this poster and by visiting the Fort Mims Restoration Association website at www.fortmims.org:

Click here to watch the documentary Battle for Fort Mims for free (or buy a digital copy of your own for $4.99). You do not need to be an Amazon Prime member:

This map will help you find the park: