TUPELO – Former Tupelo School superintendent Dr. Julian Prince has penned and published a historical novel about the Battle of Ackia.
Prince said he wrote the novel to serve two purposes: humanitarian and cultural.
On the humanitarian front, 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of “Ackia: The Battle to Save the Chickasaw Nation” are earmarked for the food pantry of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Helping Hands food pantry at First United Methodist Church.
And from a cultural perspective, Prince hopes the novel will help Tupeloans to “better appreciate the history of the Tupelo area as relates to the Chickasaw Indians.”
The novel follows the lives of four people – two French, one Indian and one trader from Carolina – from 1698 to 1736 as the critical battle of Ackia nears.
In May 1736, 11 towns – the entire Chickasaw nation – resided within the present day city limits of Tupelo. That year the Chickasaws fought two battles here against the French and defeated both armies.
The Chickasaw people in Oklahoma are presently exploring the possibility of developing a Chickasaw Cultural Center somewhere in this area.
Prince hopes his literary endeavor will help encourage local support of the Chickasaw effort in the Tupelo area.