Archive for June, 2016

Article: The Life and Death of Principal Chief John Ross – Gilcrease Museum

Red Stick War

In autumn 1813, a hostile faction of upper Muscogee-Creek Indians known as the “Red Sticks” joined Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnees in a rebellion against white encroachment on Native land. The Cherokee and Creek loyal to the U.S. joined local and state militia to quell the rebellion. Ross entered military service in Captain Sekekee’s (Katydid) company of mounted Cherokees as a 2nd Lieutenant under the command of Colonel Gideon Morgan.

In January 1814, the Cherokee regiment trained in military discipline, weapons firing, and hand-to-hand combat at Ross’s Landing. At the beginning of the year, General Jackson began assembling his forces at Fort Strother on the Coosa River below Turkeytown. At the same time, the Creeks had amassed a force of 1,200 warriors at the Horseshoe, a bend in the Tallapoosa River fifty miles south of Fort Strother. By mid March, Jackson’s forces had reached their maximum strength of nearly 5,000 men, mostly Tennessee and Kentucky militia, but also the 39th U. S. Infantry, some friendly Creeks, and the Cherokee Regiment of 335 men.8  […]

Source: Article: The Life and Death of Principal Chief John Ross – Gilcrease Museum

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Mvskoke History | Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival

A portion of Muscogee people settled in present-day Tulsa in 1833. They held council meetings at the Council Oak tree which stands at the present location of Eighteenth Street between Cheyenne and Boulder avenues. There, the band of Muscogee people known as the Locvpokv /LŌ•juh•BŌ•guh/ placed ashes brought from their original fires in Alabama. The Locvpokv originally referred to this place as Tvlvhasse /TUHL•uh•HAHS•see/ “old town.” This would later be shortened to Tulsa. After 1879, Tulsa’s first post office was established near Thirty-eighth and Trenton streets at a ranch house owned by George Perryman. Josiah Choteau Perryman would be Tulsa’s first appointed postmaster.

Source: Mvskoke History | Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival

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Heritage of the South


Go here for a study of the Creeks of the Southeast.

Find stories and first-hand accounts and genealogies where possible.

Read of the terrible Creek War and the sad aftermath of the Removal of the Natives to the west.

The Creek site is here at Rootsweb.

Source: Heritage of the South

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A Historical Analysis of the Creek Indian Hillabee Towns: And Personal … – Don C. East – Google Books

A Historical Analysis of the Creek Indian Hillabee Towns: And Personal …By Don C. East

Source: A Historical Analysis of the Creek Indian Hillabee Towns: And Personal … – Don C. East – Google Books

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The daring night escape of Chinnabee Selocta – Palmer’s Almanac

On this night 200 years ago Chinnabee Selocta arrived at Fort Strother to warn Andrew Jackson of the impending danger at Talladega. Talladega was a Creek town that chose not to join the Red Sticks in their war against the Americans. At daybreak on November 7, 1813 the Red Sticks, lead by William Weatherford, surrounded the town and the fort located there (known as Lashley’s Fort) and demanded they join the Red Sticks or else be destroyed. Later that evening Chinnabee Selocta, one of the principal chiefs of the town, donned a hog skin and escaped through the Red Stick lines by rooting around on the ground and pretending to be a wild hog. He made his way directly to Jackson’s newly built fort located 30 miles north on the Coosa River. Upon hearing this news Jackson immediately organized 1200 infantry soldiers and 800 cavalry. By midnight they were marching toward Talledega. [complete story on source site…]

Source: The daring night escape of Chinnabee Selocta – Palmer’s Almanac

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Selocta Chinnabee ( – 1835) – Find A Grave Memorial

Selocta Chinnabee


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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 10, 1835

Date not on marker. Grave of an Indian Chief at McElderry Station community.
Chinnabee Gravesite
Talladega County
Alabama, USA


Source: Selocta Chinnabee ( – 1835) – Find A Grave Memorial

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Chinnabee gravesite holds secrets of its own | Life |


Special to The Daily Home

Visitors to Cheaha State Park know the name of Chinnabee as a familiar campsite, lake and hiking trail, but during his lifetime, Chief Selocta Chinnabee was a well-known figure in the early days of Talladega and a bonafide hero, having aided Andrew Jackson in his fight against the hostile “red-sticks” of the Creek War of 1813-1814.

Jackson himself awarded Selocta a field rank of Brigadier General in command of friendly Creek forces and later referred to him as “the bravest man I have ever seen.” According to Rev. Joseph Camp’s memoir, “An Insight Into an Insane Asylum,” Chief Selocta and two others became the heroes of the Battle of Talladega by a daring night escape through enemy lines surrounding Fort Leslie. Disguising themselves as rooting hogs, they escaped north to warn Jackson of the fort’s impending peril. Selocta then guided Jackson and his army back to the site of present day Talladega for a major victory, much to the relief of the besieged fort occupants.

[complete story at source site…]

Source: Chinnabee gravesite holds secrets of its own | Life |

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