War Of 1812 Memorial On The Natchez Trace Parkway

Along the famed Natchez Trace Parkway is a memorial to soldiers who died in the War of 1812 and were buried in unmarked graves along the way. General Andrew Jackson and his men traveled this route a number of times including on their journey to fight the British in New Orleans during the war of 1812.

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The stop is quick, but a good history lesson for kids and way to remember and honor these brave soldiers. The monument reads:

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 1912 TO HELP ESTABLISH AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. THE NATCHEZ TRACE SERVED AS AN IMPORT 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. GEN. 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 AT 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 GEN. JACKSON’S RETURN NEAR THIS POINT, HE PROCLAIMED HIS VIEW OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VICTORY EARNED BY THE SOLDIERS SACRIFICES “OUR RIGHTS WILL HENCEFORTH BE RESPECTED”.

TENNESSEE STATE SOCIETY, UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812 ON THE BICENTENNIAL JUNE 06,2012

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