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Expedition Natchez 1813: Becoming "Old Hickory" - War of 1812 Bicentennial
Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Event:

April 12, 2013 - April 21, 2013

Event Description:

Join the Natchez Trace Parkway Association as they  “educate the next generation” about this forgotten war and Andrew Jackson’s courageous struggle to return the young Tennessee Militia to their homes.  For this he earned the title “Old Hickory”.  This educational initiative on the Natchez Trace will give a complete picture of the efforts of Andrew Jackson and the Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812 and the courageous Native Americans that kept the struggling Militia alive in 1813 and then assisted Jackson’s 7th Infantry in 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans.

EXPEDITION NATCHEZ  1813: BECOMING OLD HICKORY
“From Natchez Under The Hill to The Hermitage”
April 12 – 21, 2013

Sponsored by:
Natchez Trace Parkway Association
and
7th U.S. Infantry Living History Association

Friday, April 12 - Natchez

  • 5:00 p.m. A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting Natchez Chapter DAR at the  DAR Marker on the Bluff.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Landing and Parade of General Jackson and the Troops through Natchez. Sponsored by the City of Natchez. Main Street.
  • 6:30 p.m. Reception for General Jackson and the Mayor of Natchez at the exclusive Prentiss Club with period music and heavy hors d’oeuvres.  This ticketed reception is sponsored by Natchez Downtown Development Association.   See below for ticket information.

Saturday, April 13 - Natchez

  • 8:30 a.m. A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting  at Historic Jefferson College by Pathfinder Chapter DAR.
  • 9:00 a.m. A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting at Elizabeth Female College by James Gilliam Chapter DAR.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Natchez Expedition 1813 and Washington Community Faire with 50 camps of living history demonstrators at Historic Jefferson College  Admission $5 for ages 12 and older.   Portrayals of General Jackson’s encampment with marches, parades, drills and camp life demonstrations in the territorial capital of 1813 Washington, Mississippi Territory.  Area craftsmen, musicians, gunsmiths and others have traveled to town to demonstrate their talents on the 1813 Saturday.  Admission $5 for ages 12 and older.
  • 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.  War of 1812 Lectures at Historic Jefferson College.

War of 1812 Lectures - The following topics will be discussed:

  • 10:00 a.m. - Mr. James Parker, Director, Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson, Alabama.
    "Happenings Along the Gulf Coast and Their Influence on Natchez 1804 - 1813"
  • 11:00 a.m. - Mr. Tom Kanon - Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.  "The War of 1812 and the Problem of Causation"
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mr. Clay Williams - Director, Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, Mississippi.
    "Frontier in Flames: The Creek War Begins!"
  • 2:00 p.m. - Mr. Tony Turnbow - Attorney, "The Natchez Expedition that made Andrew Jackson "Old Hickory"
  • 3:00 p.m. - Mr. Bud Clark - Great great great grandson of Capt. William Clark.
    "William Clark and the War of 1812 in the West"
  • 3:00 p.m. Ladies’ 1813 Tea at 1812 Auburn Historic House. The ladies of the 7th U.S. Infantry Living History Association portray Natchez society at a tea at the grand Natchez home newly constructed in 1813.  $7 admission at the door.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Fife and Drum performance  by the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps at the Eola Hotel lobby.
  • 6:45 p.m. Period Dinner honoring General Jackson and his brave Volunteers at the Natchez Eola Hotel.  String music during dinner provided by the Sinclair Family Trio.   Sponsored by the Natchez Downtown Development Association.  See below for ticket information.

Sunday, April 14 - Natchez

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Pioneer Living History Camps and Demonstrations continue at Historic Jefferson College.  General Jackson and his troops will have departed early. No admission on Sunday.

Monday, April 15 - Ridgeland, MS

  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Educational Initiative areas on the Natchez Trace Parkway at Choctaw Agency, Brashear’s Stand, Doak’s Stand open to the public.
  • 2:00 p.m.  Choctaw Agency.  A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting by Rebecca Cravat Chapter.

Tuesday, April 16 - Ridgeland, MS

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Educational Initiative areas on the Natchez Trace Parkway at Choctaw Agency, Brashear’s Stand, Doak’s Stand open to the public.

Tuesday, April 16 - Jackson, MS

  • 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Old Capitol Museum House Chamber Event. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice and former Brig. General of the Mississippi National Guard William L. Waller, Jr. speaks on military leadership.  Other remarks by Vice-Chief Kevin Edwards of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.  Grant Hardin, portraying Andrew Jackson, will read the address President Jackson prepared to give at the building on the 25th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.   The event includes an hors d’oeuvres reception and string music in the rotunda.

Wednesday, April 17 - French Camp, MS

  • 1:00 p.m.  Old Hickory Tree Planting Ceremony at  the DAR Marker honoring the encampment of Jackson’s War of 1812 troops  by Samuel Hammond  Chapter DAR.

Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 - Pontotoc, MS

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Educational Initiative on the old Natchez Trace at Longbow Trails Park.
  • 2:00 p.m.  A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting on the Old Natchez Trace at Zion Baptist Church by Pontotoc Historical Society.

Friday, April 19 - Tuscumbia, AL

  • 6:00 p.m. Reception at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. Special exhibits on George Colbert and Col. John Coffee will include Chief George Colbert’s sash.  Music by the Sinclair Trio.  Sponsored by the Alabama Chapter and the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau.  See below for Ticket Information.

  • 7:00 p.m.  Historic Dinner to Honor Chickasaw Contribution to the Natchez Expedition, Roundhouse Restaurant.  John Coffee descendants will formally thank Chief George Colbert and  Chief Levi Colbert descendants for the help their ancestors provided in feeding the troops in 1813 to prevent them from starving.  Period Music by “Two Hammers and a Pick.”    Sponsored by the Alabama Chapter and the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau.  See below for ticket information.

Saturday, April 20 - Tuscumbia, AL

  • 8:00 a.m. Tour of Tuscumbia Landing and Discussion of the Long-range Consequences of the War of 1812, led by Robert Thrower, Preservation Officer of the Poarch  Band of Creek Indians.   The landing was one of the removal sites on the Trail of Tears.
  • 10:30 a.m.  Tennessee River Crossing Ceremony at Colbert Ferry. The historical significance of the site will be discussed by C. Brady Davis, Representative of the Chickasaw Nation, Acting Superintendent Dale Wilkerson and others.   It will be emphasized that Jackson became “Old Hickory” with the help of the Chickasaws and others during the Natchez Expedition.   The event will include a Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting by the Chief Colbert Chapter DAR.

Saturday April 20 - Hohenwald, TN

  • 1:00 p.m. Homecoming for the Tennessee Volunteers –Re-creation of dismissal of troops at Grinder’s Stand by William Carroll and welcome home of troops by 1813 families.   A Bicentennial  Hickory Tree Planting by the Re-enactors (tree sponsored by the Tennessee Society DAR) and Ceremonial tribute at Meriwether Lewis gravesite.

Saturday  April 20 - Leiper's Fork, TN

  • 3:00 p.m.   Bicentennial Tribute to the Tennessee Militia of 1812 -  War of 1812 Memorial Site. Mile marker 426.3.  Adjutant General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee National Guard, Andrew Jackson’s Current Successor in that office, Acting Superintendent Dale Wilkerson, U.S. Daughters of 1812 president Charlene Miller and General Society of 1812 member Dr. Sam Gant will pay tribute to those who participated in the Natchez Expedition and the soldiers who died during the marches.  Wreath laying ceremony. A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting by U.S. Daughters of 1812.

Sunday, April 21 - Nashville

  • 10:00 a.m.  Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Grave of President Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage.    A Bicentennial Hickory Tree Planting by U.S. Daughters of 1812.

*For tickets to the Reception for Andrew Jackson at the Prentiss Club and to the dinner for Andrew Jackson and his Volunteers at the Natchez Eola, please contact the Historic Natchez Foundation at 601-442-2500 or call 601-445-8220.

** For tickets to the Reception at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art and the Colbert and Coffee Descendants Dinner at the Roundhouse Restaurant, contact the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, (256)383-0783.

For more information about this event and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.natcheztrace.info

 

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