FAYETTEVILLE, Tennessee – General Andrew Jackson, his arm in a sling from a wound he received at an earlier battle in the War of 1812, will ride into Fayetteville, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in the town’s celebration of an historic muster for that war that was held on the banks of the Elk River in September 1813 to assemble volunteers from Tennessee.
Organized by a committee associated with the Lincoln County Museum in Fayetteville, the all-day event will include living re-enactments of camp life by more than 100 re-enactors, as well as a program tied to the historic events themselves.
Period crafts and skills will be demonstrated, including leatherwork, woodwork and sewing.
Included in the exhibits will is a rifle owned by Davy Crockett when he was 17.
The event, complete with muskets and dulcimers, tents and horses, will be held in the flat fields beyond Fayetteville’s River Oaks Shopping Center, the plaza that includes Good Will and Taco Bell. There is parking in the shopping center’s lot as well as at the nearby Lincoln County High School, with free shuttles between the high school and encampment from before 9 a.m. Saturday until after 5 p.m.
The site is on U.S. 431/231 about 25 miles north of Huntsville.
The program for the day, according to Fayetteville’s Elk Valley Times, includes:
- 9 a.m. – Camp opens to the public.
- 9:15 a.m. – General Andrew Jackson and General John R. Coffee, portrayed by re-enactors, will give welcoming speeches and signal an artillery salute. Jackson was commander of the Tennessee militia in 1801 and also led troops against the Creek Indians before taking a commanding role in the War of 1812.
- 10 a.m. – Historian Dr. Tom Kanon will lecture on the Creek War, followed by a re-enactment of the election of militia officers.
- 11 a.m. – Militia and volunteer drill.
- Noon – The Traveling Caudells will perform period music.
- 1 p.m. – Re-enactment of the historic gathering at the camp of 19th century Fayetteville physician Dr. Charles McKinney, who ministered to the troops during the Creek War, Ensign Sam Houston and Private Davy Crockett.
- 1:30 p.m. – Artillery firing and militia inspection and drill.
- 2:30 p.m. – Kanon will lecture on The Creek War.
- 2:45 p.m. – Women’s Fashions of the early 1800s.
- 3:15 p.m. – The Travelling Caudells will perform.
- 4 p.m. – Striking the colors, an address by General Andrew Jackson, and dulcimer music.