Mapping Conquest
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Mapping Conquest

The Battle Maps of Horseshoe Bend

Title Details

Pages: 128

Illustrations: 21 historical maps; 14 color images

Trim size: 10.000in x 10.000in



Pub Date: 10/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6684-5

List Price: $32.95

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Published with the generous support of Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies

Mapping Conquest

The Battle Maps of Horseshoe Bend

A revealing look at the many aspects of war and how battle maps shape our collective memory

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In Mapping Conquest, Kathryn H. Braund analyzes a unique collection of twelve manuscript maps of the Horseshoe Bend battleground, drawn by soldiers in the aftermath of the March 27, 1814, battle. Most are largely unknown to scholars and the general public. Eleven are reproduced here along with numerous nineteenth- and twentieth-century maps and interpretative images of the site—most in full color. Mapping Conquest quietly reveals the most important fact about the battle: it was an attack by an American army against a defensive position built to protect the inhabitants of a refugee town of Creek men, women, and children, most of whom lost their lives or were enslaved as a result of the battle.

More than just a collection of largely forgotten maps, Braund’s study provides biographical details about these amateur cartographers and their maps. The hand-drawn maps by soldiers to friends, family, colleagues, and government officials represented a novel way of conveying the army's experience and celebrated their army's astounding success, which took the lives of nearly one thousand Creek Indians. The maps also highlight the Creek response to the American invasion and serve as memorials to those Americans who "did their duty" in defeating the Creeks. The maps reveal the ways in which the dead American officers were memorialized in their own time and continue to dominate interpretative efforts to this day. The book concludes with an impressive collection of twenty-five primary documents describing the battle, many never published before.

An indispensable collection of maps crucial for understanding the culminating battle of the Creek War.

—Don Hickey, author of Tecumseh’s War: The Epic Conflict for the Heart of America

Mapping Conquest is nothing less than an encyclopedic reference source on the imagery associated with one of the most important battles in Southeastern history.

—Mike Bunn, author of Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America's Revolutionary Era

About the Author/Editor

KATHRYN H. BRAUND is the Hollifield Professor of Southern History Emerita at Auburn University. She is the author of several books, including Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815 and Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.