spring of 1813 they were led to expect an exterminating blow.
They knew that a British squadron was in the Gulf, and on friendly terms with the Spaniards at Pensacola.
They prepared to defend themselves as well as they might.
They learned that British agents at Pensacola were distributing supplies among the Creeks.
Very soon hostilities began here and there, and the white people fled to secret places for refuge—some in the thick swamps not far above the junction of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers.
There they were joined by wealthy half-blood families, and the house of Samuel Mims, an old and wealthy inhabitant, was strongly stockaded with heavy pickets.
Several other buildings were enclosed within the acre of ground stockaded, and the whole was known as Fort Mims. Major Beasley was placed in command and authorized to receive any citizens who would assist in defence of the station, and issue soldiers' rations to them.
Its dimensions were soon too small for the people who flock