March 14, 2014 10:12:43 AM
When most people think of wars fought in this area of Mississippi, they immediately think of the Civil War in the early 1860s. But, there was a much earlier conflict 200 years ago that impacted Mississippi and Alabama -- the Creek Indian War, a phase of the War of 1812 with England (1812-1815). Plymouth Bluff played a major role in this war, serving as a staging area in 1814 for the rallying of American, Chickasaw and Choctaw troops prior to a military excursion against the Creeks in neighboring Alabama.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Bluff presents Jack Elliott Jr. with "Plymouth Bluff and the Creek Indian War" at the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road in Columbus.
Join in observing the bicentennial year of the Creek Indian War and celebrate the role of John Pitchlynn and Plymouth Bluff, the only site in Mississippi listed in the National Park Service's Revolutionary War/War of 1812 Historical Preservation Study.
Elliott is a retired historical archaeologist with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and is currently a lecturer in archaeology, geography and religion at the Meridian campus of Mississippi State University. As a native of this area, he has had a fascination with the Tombigbee River since he first canoed it with his Boy Scout troop in the 1960s. He has researched and written on the history of Plymouth Bluff, Cotton Gin Port, Waverly, Barton, Colbert and Nashville (in Lowndes County).
Sunday at the Bluff programs are open to the public at no charge.