Demonstrations at the Muster on the Tallapoosa include musket firings, like those pictured above. | Alison McFerrin

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Muster on the Tallapoosa

Published 12:05pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

It’s that time of year again when the friends and employees of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park dust off the cannon and their muskets to give spectators a sense of how war was fought at the turn of the 19th Century.

The 13th annual Muster on the Tallapoosa will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But this year, the program will be slightly different, says park historian Ove Jensen.

“We have split the traditional August event into two events this year,” Jensen said.

Saturday will feature all the outdoor events of Muster on the Tallapoosa.

“What that means is we will have lots of cannon and musket firing during the day, and we will also have two Creek hunting camps set up.”

Musket demonstrations will take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Jensen said, and cannon demonstrations will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In between the demonstrations, videos featuring various cultural and natural parks will be shown inside the auditorium. Jensen said that unlike at past August events, no food will be available for purchase, but visitors are free to bring a picnic lunch.

The event usually features speakers throughout the day, but Jensen said this part of Muster has been moved to Aug. 25.

“We will cosponsor a program with Auburn University,” Jensen said. “It will be held Saturday the 25th at the Auburn Library in the special collections room.”

The Aug. 25 event in Auburn will feature six speakers throughout the day. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m., and the first speaker will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Jensen said he would love to see people attend both programs.

“We are really trying to bring awareness to the bicentennial season, the fact that 200 years ago a watershed moment occurred with the Creek War,” Jensen said. “The 11th is sort of unique because this will be the 53rd anniversary of Horseshoe Bend Military Park.

Jensen also added that the park will be having multiple events through the next few years culminating in 2014 with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the end of the Creek War.

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