Red Tears - Historical Fiction by N.K. Parten A Survivor’s Account of the Bloody Fort Mims Massacre

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“An American tragedy treated coarsely in history books receives an invigorating new account.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Even me and my siblings get into heated discussions as to what happened,” declares author, N.K. Parten, a direct decedent of Samuel Mims who built the fort to protect his family and property. “The debate is so provocative that the Creek War has been sanitized in grade school history books.”

On August 30, 1813, the Red Stick Faction of the Creek Native American Tribe attacked Fort Mims slaughtering the Mississippi Volunteer Militia, as well as hundreds of innocent men, women, and children who crowded into the fort for protection. Within a year, General Andrew Jackson defeated the Red Sticks forcing the Creek Confederacy to surrender more than 21 million acres of their ancestral homelands in what is present-day Georgia and Alabama.

Anglo-Americans settlers from the United States flooded into the region, bringing with them hatred and prejudice against Native Americans, African Americans and mixed-race “Métis” who called the land their home for generations. After Alabama gained Statehood in 1817, the laws governing slavery changed and the port city of Mobile became a major slave trading hub.

The fame General Andrew Jackson gained from his victory over the Creeks propelled him into the United States Senate, then into the Presidency in 1829 where his most significant piece of legislation was the Indian Removal Act which forcibly uprooted thousands of Native Americans from their ancestral homes to reservations in the west.

Historians debate the controversial factors leading up to the 1813 Fort Mims Massacre. However, how the Mims Family escaped the attack became an enigma. Red Tears is a historical novel based on family lore about the events leading up to the 1813 Massacre written through the eyes of Samuel Mims youngest daughter, Prudence.

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