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Guide to the Jesse Griffin Letter, 1813 September 5 MSS.0597

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Finding aid prepared by Donnelly Lancaster

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@bama.ua.edu

2002

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Jesse Griffin letter

Unit ID:

MSS.0597

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet 1 item

Dates:

1813 September 5

Abstract:

A letter dated 5 September 1813, from St. Stephens, Alabama, to his parents, describing an episode in the Creek War of 1813-14.

Scope and Contents note

A letter dated 5 September 1813, from St. Stephens, Alabama, to his parents. Griffin states that he has traveled fifty miles in flight from Indians, who killed more than 400 people in five days. On August 30, 1813, Creek Indians under the leadership of William Weatherford, also known as Red Eagle, attacked white settlers at Fort Mims near the convergence of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, killing approximately 500 people. Although Griffin and his family survived, they lost their crops, livestock, and most of their household goods. This attack was part of the Creek Indian War that lasted from 1813-1814 when Creek Indians attacked white settlers who were moving into Creek lands. The Creek War ended on March 27, 1814, when General Andrew Jackson defeated Red Eagle and his warriors at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama.

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Processed by

Donnelly Lancaster, 2002

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Sue Spencer

Preferred Citation:

Jesse Griffin letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Letter Box 1756

Letter from Jesse Griffin to his parents, September 5, 1813 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/497