December 23, 1813
U.S. troops led by Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Claiborne and Red Stick forces under William Weatherford met at the Battle of Holy Ground, one of the major battles of the Creek War of 1813-14. Located in present-day Lowndes County, Holy Ground, or Econochaca, was one of three defensive settlements constructed by the Red Sticks during the war. Claiborne attacked the town with an army of 1,000 federal troops, militiamen, and Choctaw allies against approximately 120 Creek warriors and a sizeable force of African Americans. After an hour of battle, most of the Red Sticks managed to flee, including Weatherford, who escaped on his horse by leaping from a 15-foot bluff into the Alabama River amidst a barrage of gunfire.