The park sponsored two War of 1812 special bicentennial events in August.
The first event, the thirteenth annual Muster on the Tallapoosa, was held on Saturday, August 11th. The program not only focused attention on the bicentennial of the War of 1812, but also celebrated the fifty-third anniversary of the creation of Horseshoe Bend NMP on August 11, 1959. Historic weapons firing demonstrations and Creek hunting camps were features of the day in addition to the showing of six National Park Service orientation films from sites across the country.
The second event was co-sponsored between Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, and the Friends of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Inc. and was held at Auburn University on Saturday, August 25th.
It was the first in a series of symposia entitled “…Toward a Larger Stage: The War of 1812, the Creek War and the Idea of America,” a program commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813-1814. The day featured six speakers presenting talks ranging from British strategy in Europe to Tecumseh’s activities in the north to early US naval victories to increasing tensions along the Federal Road.
In a special highlight of the day, Steve Abolt of Alleghany Arsenal displayed replica American military uniforms of the War of 1812 for symposium attendees.
The 2012 symposium was designed to connect people to the compelling and significant events that occurred in 1812, an important precursor to the conflict building between Creek nationalists, the Red Stick faction, and the United States culminating in the Creek War and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. The date for this year’s program was chosen to celebrate the ninety-sixth anniversary of the National Park Service, August 25, 1916.