- Spring 1812, The Duck River in Middle Tennessee.
- The frontier of a young nation is a tinder box of mistrust and tension waiting to ignite.
- International tensions with Great Britain heighten over the impressment of American sailors!
- On the Frontier there is a real fear the British are inciting the Indians to open warfare!
- Major General Andrew Jackson Issues the call: “Volunteers to arms! Soon you will be called to the tented fields!”.
- Stem back in time as Gordon’s Ferry takes center stage in the debate whether the nation should go to war.
- Muster on the Natchez Trace: Prelude to the War of 1812.
- On May 26 and 27 experience this pivotal time in history at the Gordon House and Ferry on the Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 407.
- The drums will roll as the troops and citizens assemble.
- Will you enlist in the regular army or the militia?
- Will you join the debate to defend our National Honor? Or will you meekly submit?
- Our Young Country needs your assistance!
- Who will answer?
This special event is free and open to the public. May 26, 9:00 to 5:00 & May 27, 9:00 to 1:30.
Sponsored by: The National Park Service, 7th Us Infantry Living History Association, Natchez Trace Parkway Association, and the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee
Visit Gordon’s Ferry, Muster on the Natchez Trace: Prelude to the War of 1812.
Editor: Joe Erdmann
Photo Credits: Gary Foreman, Dan Hester, Daniel Kimes, Library of Congress, and Tennessee State Museum.