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Battle of Autosse
Battle of Autosse
November 29 1813

Location: Autosse, Tallapoosa Riber Mississippi Territory United States
Duration: 2 hours

Soldiers Present
     American: 950 Georgia militia, 400 friendly Creek warriors
     British: 900 (?) hostile Creek Indians

Total Casualties
     American: 11 killed, 54 wounded
     British: 200 hostile Creeks killed, wounded unknown

Military Leaders
     American: Brig. Gen. John Floyd
     British:

Outcome: American victory

Summary:

   In mid-November 1813, Brig. Gen. John Floyd of the Georgia militia left Georgia with 950 state militiamen and 400 friendly Creek warriors under William McIntosh and the son of Mad Dog. He planned a raid on the hostile Creek village of Autosse on the southern bank of the Tallapoosa River 20 miles above its juncture with the Coosa River.

   

Floyd reached the vicinity of the Indian town on the morning of November 29, 1813. The general divided his troops into three columns with the artillery placed in front of the right column. His original plan was to encircle the town by extending his flanks. However, he discovered another small town downstream. He therefore extended his left flank in order to destroy both towns. The U.S. artillery and small arms fire won the day and by 9:00 a.m. the battle was over with over 200 hostile Creeks killed and 400 dwellings destroyed at the cost to Floyd of 11 killed and 54 wounded. Having achieved his objective, Floyd and his men returned to their base in Georgia.

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