Gone But Not Forgotten
ALABAMA IN THE WAR OF 1812
The Fort Williams Cemetery site
was located in Talladega County on a elevated rise on the east
side of the Coosa River. The military road to Talladega passed
to the north of the cemetery and continued in a northeasterly
direction toward its final destination, Talladega
. The fort which bore the same name, Fort Williams, lay to the
west of the cemetery on a hill. Years earlier, Jackson's men
supplies down the Coosa and hauled them from the water's edge
up the hill which lay in front of the fort. After the construction
of Lay dam on the Coosa in 1914, the ruins
were noted by a passing traveler who
wondered how much
longer the weathered remains of the old fort would stand there
overlooking the Coosa. Incredibly, the fort did not surrender
to the elements until after 1928 when the dam on the Coosa was
raised and the old fort fell into the Coosa. This, however, did
not occur until the fort had endured several weeks of the water
lapping at its foundation.
The Fort Williams Cemetery site survived because
it was on higher ground. . The land on
which the cemetery was located was donated by the Mitchell
Family to the Fort Williams Memorial Association, a large stone
monument was erected on the site in 1933 and Veterans Markers
were acquired and placed for all of those who were identified
buried in the Fort Williams Cemetery. The Ghioto List identified
78 of those buried in the Fort Williams Cemetery
. An effort to
get the U.S. Congress to extend protection to the Fort Williams
Cemetery site died in the House of Representatives after the
U.S. Senate had passed senate bill S2595. More information
regarding senate bill S2595 and the correspnding house bill H.R.
be found in the Congressional Record: Index to the Proceedings
and Debates of the Second Session of the Seventy-First Congress,
December 2nd to July 3, 1930. These records were made available
by Mr. Billy L. Atkinson, the Judge of Probate of Talladega
County. The Fort Williams Cemetery site was recognized as a cemetery
and accorded tax exempt status by Talladega County. The problem,
however, during the decade of the 1930 was money.
FORT WILLIAMS CEMETERY AS IT EXISTED IN QUIET WOODED LOCATION
PRIOR TO ITS REMOVAL
The Fort Williams Cemetery was
in 2006 and the cemetery
site and the adjacent area renamed "Riverbend". It
is now being developed as part of a River Community on the Coosa
River. The monument and markers were relocated at the same
time and placed within the Riverbend Development in what the
Riverbend Group refers to as a "Memorial Garden." The term "monumental" has
also been used to describe the new site to which the markers
and monument were taken.There is no record of any human remains
having been moved.
A Short History Fort Williams
Fort Williams, located at the mouth of Cedar Creek and the
Coosa River in what is now Talladega County, Alabama was constructed
in 1814 to serve as a supply depot preparatory to the Battle
of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814. After this battle, Jackson
returned to Fort Williams. The cemetery at Fort Williams became
the final resting place of more than a hundred Tennessee militia
and others. These others include Cherokee allies who fought with
Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, but who were buried
apart from Tennessee militia and Creek Indians who were forced
to come Fort Williams in 1832. For more information on these
individuals, see Creek Indian Removal, the Creek Trail of Tears.
More than 3,000 Creek were collected at Fort Williams in 1832
and many died there because the fort's commissary lacked adequate
Ghioto List Those Buried in Fort
The following is a partial list of War pf 1812 veterans who
were buried at the Fort Williams Cemetery:
1. Pankey, Riley Pvt.
[Born 1784, died Apr 20, 1814 Ft. Williams Talladega County]
was among the first to be buried at Fort Williams. Many of those
buried at Fort Williams were members of the 39th Regiment US
2. Duncan, Allen Sgt
3. Austin, John Pvt.
4. Laton, Joshua Pvt.
5. Sharper, Jacob, Pvt.
6. Watson, George Pvt.
7. Abbot, Samuel Pvt.
8. Tracy, Paris Pvt.
9. Sawry, Henry Pvt.
10. Jones, John Pvt.
11. Ellis, James Pvt.
12. Bright, Elijah Pvt.
13. Pursell, William, 1st Sgt
14. Brooks, George Pvt.
15. O'Neal, Isom Pvt.
16. Beeler, Joseph Pvt.
17. Stubbs, Everett Pvt.
18. McGill, William Pvt.
19. Summers, Johnston Pvt.
20. Bray, Solomon, 1st Corp
21. Bell, Phillips, Pvt.
22. Hamblen, Thomas Pvt.
23. Hamilton, James Pvt.
24. McCoy, James Pvt.
25. Dawson, Thomas Pvt.
[Born 1784, died Oct 10, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
26. Meants, David Pvt.
27. Robertson, Joseph Pvt.
28. Sawyer, Smiley Pvt.
29. Hutchinson, Rueben Pvt.
30. Glasco, Robert Pvt.
31. Captain Nicholas Gibbs III born 1772 in Orange County NC
Died on 14 MAR 1814 in Horseshoe Bend, AL
Memorial at Gibbs Home, Corryton, TN
Captain in US Army, War of 1812
From Knox Co. Roster of Soldiers of the War of 1812, which is
possession of Mr. Frederick R. Gibbs. Nicholas Gibbs had the
2nd Lieutenant. He died on March 14, 1814, from wounds received
Battle of the Horseshoe. Tradition has it that he was a close
Andrew Jackson, and that members of the Gibbs family were frequent
at the Hermitage. Several of his letters to Andrew Jackson are
be preserved at the Hermitage.
32. Miltonberger, William Pvt.
33. Feffew, Jeffery Pvt.
34. Pankey, Stephen Pvt.
[Born 1778, died May 6, 1814 Fort Williams]
35. Ford, Thomas Pvt.
36. Yates, Robert Pvt. [Yeats]
[Born 1794, died Apr. 11, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
37. Freeman, Moses Pvt.
[Born Apr 5, 1780, died Jan 9, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
38. Payne, William Pvt.
39. Hill, Spencer Pvt.
40. Rice, Roland Pvt.
[Born Dec 12, 1781 Mass, died Nov 8, 1814, buried Fort Williams
41. Cloud, William Pvt.
[Born 1795, died Mar 27, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
42. Ucher, John Pvt.
43. Ritchey, Thomas Pvt.
44. Rector, Enoch Pvt.
45. Nail, Archibald Pvt.
46. Harden, William P. Pvt.
47. Weddle, Elias was born Apr 16, 1770 in Holland, he died
on Mar 27, 1814 at Horseshoe Bend 2nd Lt.
48. King, Edward 1st Lt.
Page 2, The Indian War of 1812 Cemetery:
49. Smith, Bryant Pvt.
50. Sims, Alfred Sgt.
51. Cahoon, Andrew Pvt.
52. Cox, Gale Q.M.
53. Bruner, Jacob Pvt.
54. Gross, George Pvt.
55. Johnson, Thomas J. 1st Lt.
56. Bunch, William Pvt.
57. Huffman, John Pvt.
58. Crumley, Jacob, Sr. Pvt.
[Born 1771, died Apr 28, 1814, Fort Strouthers]
59. Marshall, Joseph Pvt.
60. Masoner, Peter Pvt.
61. Horton, Caleb Pvt.
62. Hill, Richard Pvt.
63. McConka, Samuel Corp
64. Rogers, Spencer Pvt.
65. Boaz, James Pvt.
[James Boaz of East Tennessee Militia died on May 14, 1814,
buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
66.Yount, Jacob Pvt.
67.Hellums, George Pvt.
68.Dockrey, Able Pvt.
[Abel Henry Dockrey born 1783, died May 2, 1815, buried Fort
MILITARY: Abel Henry Dockery enlisted as a private in the War
of 1812 on
June 20, 1814 in Capt. Henry Newlin's Co., Col. Philip Pipkin's
Infantry. He left on 4 November 1814 because of illness. He
was left behind
at Ft. Williams, AL, when his unit left. He died and was buried
near there, at the National Cemetery (from Soldiers of Maury
The inscription on his grave marker reads:
PVT. NEWLINS' CO., 1 WEST TN MILITIA, WAR OF 1812 at National
Childersburg and Sylacauga, AL.
69.Leeper, John Pvt.
70.Rankin, David 1st Lt
[Born Feb 4, 1791, died Mar 27, 1814, buried Fort William Cemetery]
71.Thompson, Moses Pvt.
72.Kathcart, Joseph Pvt.
73.Rice, Able (Musician)
[Note: Able Rice brother to Roland Rice died in 1837 in Illinois]
74.Moiers, Williams Pvt.
75.French, John Pvt.
76.Holmes, Joseph Pvt.
77.Fields, David Pvt.
78.Alstatt, Nicholas, Pvt.
Born Nov 28, 1793,
died Mar 27, 1814]
Other men who possibly were buried at Fort Williams
Berry, James, born ca. 1771. Service began May, 1814. See Compiled Service Record of 1st. Lieut. James Berry, Company Muster Roll dated at Fayetteville. Lt. James Berry's company, Col Robert H. Dyer's Regiment of Cavalry and Mounted Gunmen, Tennessee Volunteers, Mustered into service March 1, 1813 to May 10, 1814 when discharged. Engaged until 27 March, 1814. Muster indicates he was killed on 27 March at the Battle of Tohopeka (Horseshoe Bend)
Estes, Gallant. He was born 1780, buried Fort Williams Cemetery. He was with his son Edward (son from his first wife) at the Battle of Eufaula in Alabama as a private in the Company of Tennessee Volunteers Mounted Gunmen commanded by Captain Adam Dale, 2nd Regiment commanded by Col William Y. Higgins under the command of General Andrew Jackson, fighting the Creek Indians. He was shot through the head on the morning of January 22, 1814 and died four days later on Jan 26, 1814.
Fancher, Job. born ca. 1780 and died 1814 at Fort Williams, Talladega County.
Hudson, Charles W. born March 15, 1789 and died March 27, 1814. Buried Fort Williams Cemtery.
Patton, James. Born 1784 and died March 27, 1814. Buried at Fort Williams Cemetery.
Shields,, William. Buried at Fort Williams Cemetery
Stephens, Joseph. Died on March 27, 1814 and buried at Fort Williams Cemtery.
Williams, Michael. Born 1778, died October 16, 1814. Buried at Fort Williams Cemetery.
For more info see History Fort Williams