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Fort Mitchell was built in 1813 along the banks of the Chattahoochee river where it played a vital roll in the history of a young Nation.
In the early 1800's, the US signed a treaty with the Creek Nation to use and widen a footpath for use from Ft Hawkins (near Macon) to Ft Mims (near Mobile). It bacame known as the "Federal Road", and was used by soldiers, stage coaches and other travelers. In 1813 the first fort was built following the massacre of Ft Mims, where Creeks slaughtered every man, woman and child in the fort beginning the Creek wars.. During the War of 1812 the british were selling guns to the Creeks which were used against the Americans. General John Floyd and the Georgia Militia arrived at the Chattahoochee River with 900 troops and 300 friendly Indians to set up a supply base and to keep peace with the Indians. general Floyds troops fought several important battles before the final Battle at Horseshoe Bend under General Jackson. In 1817, the Federal Government set up Trading factory at Fort Mitchell to provide food ans supplies for the indians to exchange for furs. The Trading factory was successful until delays in delivery and other traders along the way brought on the closing of the factory. Alabama became a state in 1819 and more settlers began moving into the area. In 1825, the Indian Agency was moved to Fort Mitchell. Col. John Crowell, Indian Agent, was sent to keep peace with the Creeks. The history of Fort Mitchell goes on until 1865 when Gen. James Cantey trained "Cantey's Rifles" who became the 15th Alabama Regiment during the Civil War. Fort Mitchell is a new National Historic Landmark, opening in March of 2007. Fort is located at 561 Hwy 165, Fort Mitchell, Alabama 36856 Now on to the pictures! As with all federal historic sites, there is an entrance fee. $6 gets you a PBS quality 20 minute movie about the history of the Fort and the area and the role it played in three different wars, and there is a small interpretive museum to wander through... Here's a real dug-out canoe from the early 1800's...yes, you can touch it! (I like this part since it puts you in direct contact with the past and you can join all the other hands that touched this boat from cinstruction through excavation...amazing!) diaramas... The Crowell Cabin greets you when you first come in... ...yup, you guessed it... I walked the road next to this sign and there are no signs of a cemetery, it is still under archeological exploration I guess... ah....the fort.... and a sharp looking F150 with a KLR... Ft Mitchell is a great side trip on the way to the Alabama Rally if your route takes you through Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL. To add to this, stop by the Civil War Naval Museum in Port Columbus about 10 minutes away! __________________ The Honorable Mayor of Swampyville '10 Triumph Tiger 1050 '09 KTM690R '07 Kawasaki KLX250 (Mrs Swampy's bike) '03 Triumph Speed Triple '02 Honda CR250R tagged