The 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the Seminole Wars is now just one week away. The first battle took place at Fowltown in Southwest Georgia and a memorial service has been scheduled to honor those who died on both sides in the action.
U.S. troops from Fort Scott on the lower Flint River attacked Fowltown on November 21-23, 1817, sparking fighting that would continue for the next 41 years. The Battle of Fowltown left 1 U.S. soldier dead and 3 wounded. Native American losses were reported to be 5 killed and an unknown number wounded.
A memorial service will be held at the J.D. Chason Memorial Park in Bainbridge, Georgia, on November 30, 2017. The dead and wounded of both sides will be honored.
The park was the site of Fort Hughes, a 90-foot square log fort with two blockhouses. It was built by U.S. soldiers under Lt. Col. Matthew Arbuckle following the Battle of Fowltown. The soldier killed in the battle – Aaron Hughes, a fifer from the 7th U.S. Infantry – was buried at the site and a monument was placed there by the U.S. Congress during the 1880s to mark his grave site.
The services will include brief comments from Dale Cox, author of Fort Scott, Fort Hughes & Camp Recovery and Fowltown, and will be attended by living history representatives who will portray both soldiers from the 7th U.S. Infantry and the Native Americans of Fowltown. Luminaries will represent all five of the known dead from the battle. They were the first casualties of the Seminole Wars.
The memorial service is free to attend and the public is encouraged to come and join in the event. Activities will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. The J.D. Chason Memorial Park is located at the intersection of Jackson and Donalson Streets in Bainbridge, Georgia. Please use the map below to help you find the site:
Additional memorial services will take place at Camp Recovery on Booster Club Road in Decatur County, Georgia, on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. and at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida, on December 2 at 11 a.m. More information on those will be released soon.
You can learn more about the Battle of Fowltown in the new book – Fowltown: Neamathla, Tutalosi Talofa & the first battle of the Seminole Wars.
You can also learn more by enjoying the free documentary below from Two Egg TV.