Andrew Jackson (Great Generals) by Robert V. Remini, Wesley K. Clark

By Robert V. Remini, Wesley K. Clark

The latest addition to Palgrave's nice Generals sequence makes a speciality of Andrew Jackson's profession together with his time as a basic in Tennessee and his get up the military ranks. Jackson's potent use of spies in battle time and of martial legislation in peace time sparked a debate in regards to the curbing of civil liberties within the identify of nationwide protection that maintains to at the present time. so much of all, Jackson was once a superb motivator who may perhaps, with a number of conscientiously chosen phrases and by means of his personal courageous instance, flip round starved, deserting troops, convincing them to struggle. With dramatic scenes of fierce battles and victories, Remini finds the following why Jackson's daring management as a basic resulted in his election as President of the U.S. in 1828.

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It made sense. Furthermore, it was in the interest of the Indian to move. With all the killing that had been going on for decades, with white settlers moving ever westward, it seemed inevitable that the annihilation of Native Americans would result if they did not move. They would end up like Yamasees and Delawares and Mohigans—all dead, all gone. Then an incident occurred that drove Jackson to take military action. A party of Creeks returning from a visit to the Shawnees on the northern lakes “massacred” several white families living near Duck River on May 12, 1812.

All the food they had was a few dozen biscuits and a small amount of meat, hardly enough to feed his army. So the remaining cattle were slaughtered, and the meat distributed to the troops. 9 The newspapers later printed a story about a starving soldier who asked Jackson for 44 ANDREW JACKSON something to eat. ” He thrust his hand in his pocket and drew out a few acorns. 10 Day followed day, and still no supplies. The troops grew angry as their hunger mounted. They bordered on mutiny. Finally the field officers came to Jackson with a petition requesting that the army be allowed to return home.

He chose to move. At midnight his army, consisting of 1,200 infantry and 800 cavalry, began to march. As always, the general advanced his army in three columns. He had double the size of Red Eagle’s warriors. As a commander, Jackson believed in outnumbering the enemy. At dawn on November 9, the army arrived at Talladega and deployed for action. They were within half a mile of Red Eagle’s warriors. First, the infantry advanced in two columns, militia on the left and volunteers on the right. The cavalry formed two separate wings on the flanks and were ordered to advance in a crescent-shaped curve, the THE CREEK WAR 43 points directed toward the town and the rear of the cavalry connected to the advance units of infantry.

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