Fort Mitchell Historic Site - Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Fort Mitchell Historic Site - Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Fort Mitchell, Alabama
The first Fort Mitchell, built in
1813, has been reconstructed
on the original site of the two
Interior of Fort Mitchell
The reconstructed fort is
supplied with wagons, camp
equipment and other items
consistent with the original.
Fort Mitchell Historic Site - Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Fort Mitchell, Alabama
The reconstructed stockade of Fort Mitchell can be
seen on the site of the original outpost.
A Fort of the Creek Trail of Tears
Fort Mitchell, an important post of the Creek
War of 1813-1814, was built in what is now
Russell County, Alabama, by troops under
the command of General John Floyd.

Floyd's army, marching west from Georgia,
was one of three forces sent by the United
States to subdue the Red Stick movement in
the Creek Nation. An internal civil war in the
nation had spilled over to involve the whites
following battles at Burnt Corn Creek and
Fort Mims, Alabama, during the summer of

Named for Governor David B. Mitchell of
Georgia, the original fort was a large
rectangular stockade thrown up by Floyd's
men as they advanced on Autossee, an
important Creek village on the Tallapoosa

Built on a high hill overlooking the
Chattahoochee River, Fort Mitchell served as
base for Floyd's movements and he returned
there to allow his wounded men to recover
following his successful attack on Autossee.

A second expedition against the Red Sticks
was launched from Fort Mitchell in 1814, but
nearly ended in disaster when desperate
warriors almost overran Floyd's army at the
Battle of Calabee Creek.

The fort also served as a base for one of the
last campaigns of the War of 1812. An
expedition led by Colonel Benjamin Hawkins
left Fort Mitchell in early 1815 and descended
the Chattahoochee River to engage a British
force positioned on the Florida line. The
campaign ended without fighting, however,
when news arrived of the end of the war. The
two sides met in peace and Hawkins and his
men, most of whom were Creek warriors,
returned to Fort Mitchell.

The military significance of the first Fort
Mitchell continued through the First Seminole
War of 1817-1818. Lt. Col. Duncan L. Clinch
led a battalion of the 4th Infantry Regiment
down the Chattahoochee from the fort in
1816 to establish
Fort Gaines on the line
marking the lands given up by the Creek
Nation at the Treaty of Fort Jackson. The men
went on to participate in the campaign
against the
"Negro Fort" on the Apalachicola
River during the summer of that year.

Regular and militia troops passed through
Fort Mitchell throughout the First Seminole
War and it served as an important staging
point for the Creek Brigade led by General
William McIntosh, a noted Coweta chief who
had also sided with the United States during
the Creek War.

Fort Mitchell also served as an important
supply point during the First Seminole War
and important negotiations were held nearby.

The original fort was replaced by a second,
smaller stockade during the 1820s. This
second Fort Mitchell was an important base
during the
Creek War of 1836 and became
the starting point of the
Creek Trail of Tears.
Blockhouse Interior
Visitors can climb to the
upper level of the fort's block-
houses to see how soldiers
once lived.
In 1836 and 1837, thousands of Creek men,
women and children left Fort Mitchell on their
long forced march to new homes in what is
now Oklahoma.

The fort also played a brief role in the Civil
War, even though the fortifications had long
since disappeared. Organizing units of
Confederate troops mustered on the site
before heading off to join the regular army.

The site of Fort Mitchell is now a park in
Russell County, Alabama. The outstanding
historic site features a reconstruction of the
1813 fort, historic burial grounds, a museum
housing a fascinating collection of historic
carriages, a restored 19th century log home
and an impressive visitor center that offers
exhibits, a film and a walk through the history
of the site.

Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center,
which features an impressive ceremonial
flame memorial, is located adjacent to the
Fort Mitchell Historic Site. Panels at the
memorial recount the Creek Census taken
shortly before the tragic events of the Creek
War of 1836 and the Creek Trail of Tears.

Fort Mitchell is located 10 miles south of
Phenix City, Alabama, on Highway 165. The
fort is open Thursday through Saturday from
10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5
p.m. The admission fee for entering the
historic site is $6 for adults, $5 for military
and $4 for students. Children under 5 are
admitted free.
Fort Mitchell Visitor Center
The park's outstanding visitor
center offers a film and a
chance for visitors to walk
through the history of the fort.
Building of Fort Mitchell
This is one of a number of life-
sized exhibits inside the Fort
Mitchell Visitor Center. They
provide an interesting walk
through time.
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Last Updated: March 12, 2013
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