William McIntosh tried to walk the delicate balance between the world of the European colonists and the Native Americans. He was the son of a Creek woman and a Scotsman. Chief McIntosh fought with the Americans during the War of 1812 and was given the rank of general. The Creeks called him the "white warrior." McIntosh was a wealthy man and in 1823 built a hotel and tavern at Indian Springs in Butts County.