Jackson recovered in time, though, to lead a force of militia against the Creek Indian tribe, who had massacred more than four hundred settlers at a fort in Alabama (then part of the Mississippi territory). Jackson, his arm still in a sling, immediately set off to exact vengeance. His tear through the Indian country was much like Sherman's notorious march to the sea forty years later at the end of the Civil War. Jackson's army left almost nothing standing. At Red Sticks, the first major engagement, Jackson and his army systematically slaughtered hundreds of braves. In a strange twist, though, Jackson's army found a baby Indian boy clutched in the arms of his dead mother on the battlefield. When Jackson was unable to find a foster parent, Jackson sent the boy to his
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