War of 1812 Memorial : Natchez Trace Parkway MP 426.3

Date Visited: 4/6/2019

Our second to last stop was an unfortunately brief stop at the War of 1812 memorial where we were met by a stone monument inscribed:

This monument memorializes War of 1812 soldiers buried along the old Natchez Trace. And it honors the service of all brave volunteers who marched on the Natchez Trace during the War of 1812 to help establish American independence.

The Natchez Trace served as an important route to move troops for the defense of the Gulf Coast Region. Tennessee volunteer cavalry under leadership of Andrew Jackson marched down the Natchez Trace to Natchez in January 1813. General Jackson marched with his soldiers on their return April 1813. Soldier detachments under Jackson’s command again marched on the Natchez Trace in 1814. And following the victory of the Battle of New Orleans, most of the Americans who fought the battle returned on the Trace. Volunteers marched hundreds of miles often in severe weather with little food and inadequate equipment. Natchez Trace inns served as hospitals. Soldiers who did not survive the marches are buried in unmarked graves along the Trace. On General Jackson’s return near this point, he proclaimed his view of the significance of the victory earned by the soldier’s sacrifices “Our Rights Will Henceforth Be Respected”.

Tennessee State Society United States Daughters of 1812
On The Bicentennial June 16, 2012

We were a little disappointed that there were not any more information signs detailing the specifics of the War of 1812 and those who were involved. However we were able to learn more from the National Park Service by reading the information they provided here.

If you’re interested there is also a 2 mile one way trail where you can retrace part of General Andrew Jackson’s route along a segment of the original Trace that runs north from here to Garrison Creek. We skipped this hike.

We were now near the end of our journey up the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway and the scenery did not disappoint as we made our way north and toward our last stop.

We hope to see you next week as we finished this 4 day 444 mile scenic drive.

Until then…

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