Upcoming War of 1812 Events sponsored by the Tennessee in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Camp Blount is located along the south bank of the Elk River at Fayetteville, Tennessee. It was the gathering place for the Tennessee volunteers and militia under the command of General Andrew Jackson. The soldiers assembled at Camp Blount in response to an attack by Red Stick Creek Indians on Fort Mims in south Alabama. In September of 1813 the Tennesseans began to assemble at Camp Blount. In early October 1813 General Andrew Jackson arrived to take command of the army which ultimately included Sam Houston, John Coffee, Thomas Hart Benton, William Carroll, David Crockett and nearly 600 allied Cherokees and friendly Creeks. "Old Hickory's" army later defeated the Red Sticks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March 1814.
On September 28, 2013, costumed interpreters with gather at Camp Blount to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this historic muster. Dressed in period attire, these interpreters will recreate the muster and will provide demonstrations of period military drill, musket firings, cannon firings, open fire cooking and the fashion and music of the time period.
Dr. Tom Kanon of the Tennessee State Library and Archives will deliver two keynote addresses. As a special bonus, the only known existing rifle owned by David "Davy" Crockett will be on display during Saturday's events. School groups will have special programs on September 27. For more information, contact Camp Blount through the link above.
The Tennessee State Museum has commemorated the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with a new traveling exhibition which takes a closer look at Tennessee's role in the often-forgotten war and how it helped shape our state. The traveling exhibit is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Second in a series of "Tennessee in the War of 1812 Bicentennial" Symposia
Program: A Symposium, "Revisiting the Creek War of 1813", featuring three scholars presenting on the Creek War within the larger context of the War of 1812. Presented by the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
Date: March 23, 2013
Location: East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville
Admission: Free. Registration advised. Call 865-215-8824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association
April 12-21, 2013
War of 1812 Bicentennial
From Natchez to Nashville and along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee was created under the auspices of State Historian Walter Durham in 2010. The Committee consists of organizations and scholars from across the state who are partnering to commemorate Tennessee’s role in the war. The committee is not an official commission but is instead a group of like minded organizations who believe that the War of 1812 is particularly important to Tennesseans. Indeed, the war catapulted General Andrew Jackson to the presidency and changed the role that Tennessee would play within the Union.
Represented on the Committee are the following individuals or organizations:
The State Historian, Walter Durham
The Tennessee State Museum
Tennessee State Library & Archives
Tennessee Historical Society
Tennessee Historical Commission
Tennessee Wars Commission
Tennessee Department of Archeology
The Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University
The Natchez Trace National Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway Association
The University of Memphis
The American Association for State & Local History
The Center for Jacksonian Studies at The University of Tennessee
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
The East Tennessee History Center
The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum
The Tennessee Division of the Society of the War of 1812
The Tennessee Division of the Daughters of the War of 1812
Crossroads of Destiny by David Wright
Tennessee militia gathered at Camp Blount in Fayetteville, Tennessee in October 1813 to advance against the Red Stick Creek Indians in Alabama. This work of art by Tennessee artist David Wright illustrates the intersection of the lives of several important Tennesseans. Shown on horseback is General Andrew Jackson addressing Ensign Sam Houston and Sergeant David Crockett. In the background Dr. McKinney saddles his horse. McKinney was a doctor in Fayetteville and provided medical care to Sam Houston after the battle of Horseshoe Bend.
Currently there are attempts to preserve portions of Camp Blount for future generations. This framed and limited edition print of Crossroads of Destiny will be sold in 2013 to raise money for programs during the 1812 bicentennial at Camp Blount or throughout Tennessee.
Check back with this website for more information on the sale or to receive email notifications about the sale, contact Myers.Brown@tn.gov .