4th Regiment West Tennessee Militia Infantry

COLONEL: Robert Steele

  • DATES: January 1814 – May 1814
  • MEN MOSTLY FROM: Jackson, White, Bedford, Giles, Lincoln, and Maury Counties.
  • CAPTAINS: James Bennett, Robert Campbell, John Chitwood, Samuel Maxwell, James Randals, Richard Ratton, and James Shinault.


Part of the brigade led by General Thomas Johnson, this regiment was composed of about 450 men. Colonel Steele and his men were left at Fort Strother while

Jackson marched the rest of his army to Horseshoe Bend where the climactic battle of the Creek War was fought (27 March 1814). Steele’s regiment served as wagon guards for supplies from Fort Deposit and built boats to transport supplies down the Coosa River to Fort Williams. From Camp Blount at Fayetteville, the regiment took the much-traveled route through Huntsville, Fort Deposit, and Fort Strother.

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