Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle comes to Dothan, Alabama
The 2nd Annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle is set for the coming weekend (December 1 & 2, 2o18) at Landmark Park in Dothan, Alabama!
This event brings the sights and sounds of the Creek and Seminole War era to life with Native American and Frontier Settler encampments, the authentic 38-foot keelboat Aux Arc, living history demonstrations, history lectures and TWO battle reenactments! The cost of admission is $4 for adults (ages 13+) and $3 for kids (ages 3 to 12).
This year’s event has been moved to Landmark Park due to hurricane damage at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida. It will return to Chattahoochee next year. Residents with a Chattahoochee address on their driver’s license or official ID will be admitted free and donations will be collected to benefit Chattahoochee Main Street.
Area activities will actually get underway on Friday, November 30, when the keelboat Aux Arc and her crew set sail from Fort Gaines, Georgia, to recreate the movement of supplies on the Chattahoochee River during the First Seminole War. The modern city of Fort Gaines was the site of an important U.S. Army post and supply depot during the war. More information on where you can see the Aux Arc as she makes her journey is coming tomorrow.
The gates of Landmark Park will open for this year’s activities on Saturday, December 1, at 9 a.m. Visitors may tour authentic encampments, see the keelboat, watch living history demonstrations, sit in for talks on Creek and Seminole War history and check out the new film on the Scott 1817 Battle! Activities will take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The battle reenactments are set for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Seminole, Miccosukee, Muscogee (Creek) and Black Seminole warriors will battle against U.S. and militia forces to demonstrate the weapons, tactics and more of the actual engagements of the Creek and First Seminole Wars.
Richardson’s BBQ of Iron City, Georgia will be on hand both days to sell BBQ lunches and Landmark Park’s historic Martin Drug Store will be open for great ice cream desserts! Other vendors and exhibitors will also be there so come out to learn, explore, eat and treat!
Visitors will also be able to see all of Landmark Park’s great attractions on both days. Kids especially will enjoy the living history farm with its animals and authentic structures.
The annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle commemorates the First Seminole War and especially the Scott Battle of 1817. This war was fought across South Alabama, Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida in 1817-1818 and began when U.S. troops launched two unprovoked strikes against the Muscogee (Creek) village of Fowltown near present-day Bainbridge, Georgia.
Outraged warriors struck back by attacking an army keelboat on the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee, Florida. Lt. Richard W. Scott and most of his party were killed in the battle, which took place on November 30, 1817. A unknown number of Native American and maroon (Black Seminole) warriors were also killed or wounded.
The battle is one of two major scenes from the First Seminole War that can be seen in enormous wall paintings of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals in downtown Dothan.
The Scott attack was the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars, a series of conflicts that continued for more than 40 years until eve of the Civil War. Historians have labeled these the First, Second and Third Seminole Wars, but many Seminole and Miccosukee consider them to have been one long conflict.
News of the defeat and near annihilation of Lt. Scott’s command led the Monroe Administration to order Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson to the frontier. He invaded Lower Creek and Seminole/Miccouskee country with a large army, destroying Native American communities, fighting several battles and forcefully occupying the Spanish posts of San Marcos de Apalache (St. Marks) and Pensacola. He subsequently ordered raiding parties back into the region with orders to kill every Native American warrior still in arms against the United States.
U.S. negotiators in 1819 used the Scott attack as a primary bargaining tool in convincing Spain to surrender Florida to the United States. The colony became a U.S. territory in 1821.
The First Seminole War opened the Wiregrass region of Alabama and Georgia to settlement by American frontiersmen. Henry County, Alabama, and Early County, Georgia, were created within one year of the war’s end. These two “mother counties of the Wiregrass” then included lands that we recognize today as Houston, Dale, Geneva, Coffee, Pike, Crenshaw, Covington, Barbour and Pike Counties in Alabama and Clay, Calhoun, Dougherty, Mitchell, Gray, Decatur, Miller and Seminole Counties in Georgia. Settlers also entered Jackson, Washington, Holmes, Walton, Gadsden, Calhoun, Liberty and other counties in Florida, although areas south of the Alabama and Georgia borders were still under the rule of the King of Spain.
Landmark Park is at 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan, Alabama. The entrance is on US 431 just 2.8 miles north of Ross Clark Circle. See the map at the bottom of this page for more information and click here to learn more about the park.
The annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle is sponsored by Envision Credit Union’s Focus Foundation, Chattahoochee Main Street, TwoEgg.TV and the City of Chattahoochee. This year’s event takes place through the courtesy of Landmark Park.
Here’s more information on this year’s event: