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Symposium to discuss importance of Horseshoe Bend

Published 7:14pm Monday, March 17, 2014

An upcoming gathering of scholars will help to shed some light on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend’s place in the grand scheme of the War of 1812.

A free Bicentennial Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday March 21-22 at the Auburn University Hotel and Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The symposium, titled Toward a Larger Stage: The War of 1812, the Creek War, and the Idea of America, will discuss the history and impacts of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in a national, regional and local context.

“It will help to put the Battle of Horseshoe Bend into context on the regional, national and international stage within the War of 1812,” said Doyle Sapp, director of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. “We’ve got 14 scholars who are subject-matter experts in their field talking on various subjects to help bring the Battle of Horseshoe Bend into this context.”

In partnership with the Friends of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Auburn University, the symposium will feature 14 different presentations the will explore major events that shaped the nation.

Dr. William Dean will start the presentations off Friday at 9 a.m. with “War in Europe 1813-15,” followed by Dr. Sebastian Lukasik’s presentation “The Battle of Crysler’s Farm: History, Memory and the idea of Canada” at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Adam Jortner’s presentation “The Global Context of Horseshoe Bend” will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by Dr. John Hall’s presentation “Landscape Considerations for the Creek War in Alabama” at 11 a.m.

Clay Williams’ presentation “From Burnt Corn to the Holy Ground: The Mississippi Territorial Militia in the Creek War” at 1:30 p.m. followed by Mike Bunn’s presentation “Across the Chattahoochee: The Georgia Militia and the Creek War” at 2 p.m.

Friday’s presentations will wrap up with Dr. Tom Kanon’s presentation “The Road to Horseshoe Bend: Tennessee’s Campaigns in the Creek War” at 3 p.m. and Ove Jensen’s presentation “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend” at 3:30 p.m.

Each pair presentation set will be followed by questions and answers from each presenter.

Coffee breaks and lunch will be done throughout, including an afternoon session overview.

While the symposium is free, registration is required due to limited seating.

To register, visit

For the symposium’s full schedule, including Saturday’s presentations, visit