Clay Williams and Mike Bunn have been interested in the study of the Creek War and the War of
1812 in the Gulf South for several years. They first began serious research into the subject while
working together at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, where they were involved in
planning a permanent exhibition focusing on the Mississippi Territory from its organization in 1798
to its division into the states of Mississippi (1817) and Alabama (1819). Unfortunately, damage to
the museum by Hurricane Katrina caused the cancellation of the project.

Utilizing research conducted for the exhibition as a starting point, they sought another format for
their work. The result is
Battle for the Southern Frontier.

Clay Williams is the Sites Administrator for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In
this capacity, he oversees operations at six historic sites across the state: Old Capitol Museum,
Manship House Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, Historic Jefferson College, Grand
Village of the Natchez Indians, and Winterville Mounds. Previously, he served as the Director of
Old Capitol Museum. He has worked with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since
Contact Clay at

Mike Bunn is Assistant Director at Historic Blakeley State Park in Baldwin County, Alabama. In
addition to being the location of the important Civil War Battle of Fort Blakeley, the 2100-acre
park is the site of the ghost town of Blakeley, once a rival to nearby Mobile, and important Native
American, colonial, territorial, and early Alabama statehood period sites. Previously, he worked
with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
and the Columbus Museum.
Contact Mike at
Mike Bunn
Clay Williams