Upcoming War of 1812 Events sponsored by the Tennessee in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
March 22, 2014
Fayetteville Hosts Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium
"The Road to New Orleans" is the topic for the third official symposium for the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The event will be held at the Lincoln County High School Auditorium in Fayetteville on March 22, Saturday, starting at 9 am. The symposium is free and open to the public. There will be a teacher workshop related to the symposium on Friday, March 21.
1812 Bicentennial Commission Chair Myers Brown, of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, says: “The Fayetteville symposium focuses on the campaigns in the south that led to the pivotal battle of New Orleans in 1815. Our event takes place within days of the bicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama, where Tennesseans and their Native American allies gained a decisive victory."
The symposium begins with remarks from Dr. Carroll Van West, the Tennessee State Historian who is also the director of one ofthe symposium's primary sponsors, the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. "MTSU is pleased to support these statewide symposiums," Dr. West emphasizes, "because the War of 1812 was an international conflict that shaped our state's history for the rest of the century. What happened in those years and by those Tennesseans needs to be remembered and commemorated. Fayetteville is the perfect place for the symposium in 2014 because here at Camp Blount, General Andrew Jackson gathered thousands of Tennesseans for the fighting in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana."
Next Dr. Mark Cheathem from Cumberland University, a recognized expert on Jackson and Tennessee history, will discuss "Old Hickory, Horseshoe Bend, and the Treaty of Fort Jackson."
Then Dr. Tom Kanon of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, who also has written the key book on Tennessee and the War of 1812, will review another key southern battle in “A Forgotten Chapter in a ‘Forgotten Conflict’: The Battle of Pensacola—November 1814.”
The final session focuses on “Tennessee Gunmakers and the Guns of 1812,” led by experts from different perspectives, Ben Nance of Tennessee Division of Archeology, and Fred Prouty of the Tennessee Wars Commission.
The day ends with afternoon tours and living history demonstrations at the Camp Blount historic site in Fayetteville, beginning at 1:30 pm. The tours and demonstrations will be led by Myers Brown, Fred Prouty, and Ron Westphal of the Tennessee State Museum. The tours and demonstrations are also free and open to the public.
Teaching with Primary Sources at Middle Tennessee State University, a program of the Library of Congress, along with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will be offering a teacher workshop in conjunction with Saturday's symposium. "The Road to New Orleans: Teaching the War of 1812" is open to all K-12 educators and will take place on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the workshop: Stacey Graham, Center for Historic Preservation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of Activities:
The Road to New Orleans: Tennessee and the Frontier War of 1814
March 22, 2014
Lincoln County High School Auditorium
9:00-9:10 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Carroll Van West, Director, Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State Historian
9:10-9:30 am: “What it Means to be a Volunteer”
Coach John Majors, former head football coach, the University of Tennessee
9:30-10:15 am: "Old Hickory, Horseshoe Bend, and the Treaty of Fort Jackson: Causes and Consequences"
Dr. Mark Cheathem, Cumberland University
10:15-10:30 am: Break
10:30-11:15 am: “A Forgotten Chapter in a ‘Forgotten Conflict’: The Battle of Pensacola—November 1814”
Dr. Tom Kanon, Tennessee State Library and Archives
11:15-12:00 pm: “Tennessee Gunmakers and the Guns of 1812”
Ben Nance, Tennessee Division of Archaeology
Fred Prouty, Tennessee Wars Commission
12:00-12:15 pm: Closing remarks
Dr. Carroll Van West
Myers Brown, Tennessee State Library and Archives; Chair,Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
12:15-1:30 pm: lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 pm: Tour of Camp Blount site and living history demonstrations
Fred Prouty, Tennessee Wars Commission
Myers Brown, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Ron Westphal, Tennessee State Museum
The symposium is free and open to the public.
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 email@example.com
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 .