Monday, October 10, 2016

A Bloody Battle

Looking down the battlefield
While out and about the other day we came across the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and discovered this was the site where on 27 March 1814, Major General Andrew   Jackson's army of 3,300 men attacked Chief Menawa’s 1,000 Red Stick Creek warriors - killing 800 of them. You can read more about it here - although Mom is of the opinion that Jackson (yes the same one our hometown of Jacksonville is named after) pretty much slaughtered the Indians for their land. This "great" victory helped him on his path to the White House where he became the 7th President. Thankfully the only battle we saw when we were there - were turtles battling for poll position on the rock :)
The battle plan
Along the battle trail
Horseshoe Bend River
Battling for poll sunning position on the rock

21 comments:

  1. Wow wee, guys! What a history and nature lesson! I like turtles.
    Teddy

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  2. What a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Love that picture of you on the trail.

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  3. That is one beautiful park! And you look like you have deemed it YOURS Reilly! BOL
    Though..you might have to share it with those turtles...
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  4. Hari OM
    Hi boys - history is an interesting thing; always written by the victors. Rarely does it admit to wrongs..."they knew not what they did" is a bit lame really, as mankind hasn't changed that much in way of thinking since the term 'think' came about! The whole idea of learning from history is also a bit of furphy. Hey ho.

    That's a beautiful spot to visit if one appreciates nature! hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  5. Wow! I don't think I knew this about that park! Nice photo Reilly!

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  6. You guys sure do find that most interesting spots and tell the bestest stories!

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  7. What an amazing place...I luffs the photo of you two handsome fellas looking out at the battlefield
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  8. It's great that we still have this place to remember even the scary things of the past... I often think about the people when we visit battle places of the past.... and when we leave this place we sure know that peace is precious and essential for all of us...

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  9. What a cool historical place to be!

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  10. What beautiful pictures my friends. I love this new scenery for you. Be careful and have an awesome day. XOXO - Bacon

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  11. The denseness of the woods is nice to see. What a lovely place to stay awhile and just take it all in.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  12. Huh. I had never heard of that park. It sounds interesting, despite what happened to the poor Indians.

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  13. Look at all those turtles on the rock. Pawsome

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  14. You have so many interesting little areas over there
    Lily & Edward

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  15. Our history is often not very pretty!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  16. What terrible history in such a beautiful place.

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  17. Ghostwriter loves turtles! Too bad a bout the history of that lovely place, though.

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  18. I don't think during the actual battle it would have been as inviting to visit.

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  19. Thinking of you and wondering what you have found going back home today after Matthew.
    Sweet William The Scot

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  20. such a beautiful place with such an ugly history.
    your blog is always so informative :)
    wags, bailey unleashed

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