Alabama Highway


Trees, killed and cut, lined both sides of the road.  The road, as far as Stomping Beaver knew, hadn’t been there a week ago.  The white army might as well have posted a sign mentioning their intent.

“They move fast.”  His teenage son tossed a few twigs.

“Faster now they’ve built this road.”  Stomping Beaver removed his shoulder bag and tucked it beneath one of the felled logs.  “Stay here.  Have my food – this bag will only slow me down.”

He’d be too late.  The road was several days old, and the fort was only two days march away.


This was written for the February 7th Carrot Ranch Prompt, signs.  I’m giving away that I’ll be reviewing some history books soon – last night I finished reading about the Creek Wars, which were a subset of wars in the War of 1812.  This tale was a fictional figment inspired by what I read.  

Bonus points to anyone that figures out who’s the subject of the biography I’m reading!

20 thoughts on “Alabama Highway

  1. Charli Mills says:

    I’m swooning! The fact that you are using 99-words to explore the history you are reading and researching makes me so happy. That’s one of the touts for flash fiction that non-history buffs don’t get. We research so deeply and then to be able to put into flash really helps with processing. Tell me who you are researching? My niche in history is 1850s+ frontiers, although I will get to North Carolina to research one of these days. Daniel Boone passed through Watauga County.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I am reading about Andrew Jackson, who happens to be my favorite president (though not for political reasons – just interest).

      If you go to Watauga County and are interested in Daniel Boone, I suggest going to the little museum at Grandfather Mountain. The ‘proof’ they have that Daniel Boone was in the county was that he carved his name in a tree to say he ‘killed a bar of this here tree.’ I found it interesting.

  2. Jules says:

    I see commercials for ‘the last frontier’ – as in space.
    What isn’t in history books is that the North American continent, most of Europe for that matter wasn’t owned by anyone. As the Native Peoples respected the land and though no people could own it. So all the Kings from point A to point B sending scouts really had no right at all to take or overtake something that wasn’t for the taking (by brute force and disease). And now what remains is that humanity can only try to be stewards to save that which is left…

    Thank you for sharing bits of history. I looked up and found this capsule: The Creek “War” of 1836, also known as the Second Creek War or Creek Alabama Uprising, was a conflict in Alabama at the time of Indian Removal between the Muscogee Creek people and non-native land speculators and squatters. I also went to the Wiki entry. There is too much that is not taught to children about the true history of most countries and those who were there first.

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