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By Stephanie Cunningham
Ledger Staff 

A glimpse of the past


August 2, 2018

Stephanie Cunningham

Performers at the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek reenactment fire shots into the air

History came alive at Jenning's Park in Brewton Saturday morning as crowds gathered to observe firsthand the reenactment of the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek. Young and old alike watched the actors take the field to charge head-on in a desperate attempt to lay claim to the coveted land.

The event, hosted by the City of Brewton, was a hands-on experience for children to explore the Native American heritage and culture. The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe were present for the first time at the event to allow kids to touch artifacts and ask questions about pieces of history.

Tribal event coordinator Steve Tolbert explained the mission of the group.

"We want kids to pick up the pieces and ask questions," he said. "This might be the first time they've seen these things."

Attendees were treated to one-on-one question and answer sessions throughout the park and were even able to see live demonstrations provided by the performers.

At noon, the crowd's attention was brought to the center of the field and a brief explanation of the importance of the battle was told so that the attendees would better understand the actions they were about to witness.

It was explained that the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek was a pivotal moment during the Creek Indian War of 1813 and 1814.

From there, the observers relaxed along the hillside and the actors took their places. Musket shots were fired, smoke billowed up to the sunny skies, yells of desperate men filled the air and the acrid smell of gunpowder blocked out all other aromas.

After the final musket shot rang out, bystanders rose to their feet and cheered on the talented performers that brought to life a battle that occurred more than 200 years in the past.


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