The Fort Mims Massacre – Today In Southern History

30 August 1813  

On this date in 1813…

At the start of the Creek Civil War, the Red Stick faction of Creek Indians having been armed by the British at Pensacola, massacred 517American settlers and mixed-blood Creeks in the stockade of Fort Mimsnorth of Mobile, Alabama.

Other Years:
  • 1690 – A force of British militia, Yamassee and Yuchi Indians attacked the Timucua Indians and Spanish at the Franciscan mission of San Juan de Guacara in northern Florida, killing all the Timucua Indians.
  • 1800 – Gabriel Prosser led a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1861 – Federal General John C. Fremont exceeded his authority and issued a proclamation freeing slaves in Missouri. His superiors soon repudiated the order and relieved him of command.
  • 1862 – Confederates again routed federal troops at the Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 1893 – “The Kingfish,” Huey Pierce Long, Jr. was born in Winnfield, Louisiana.
  • 1956 – White protestors prevented enrollment of black students at Mansfield High School, Mansfield, Texas.
  • 1969 – More than 120,000 attended the Texas International Pop Festival rock concerts.
  • 1969 – Blacks rioted in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
  • 1979 – Hurricane David first made landfall, it would kill 1,200 people in Florida, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

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