Andrew Jackson: A Biography (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 specializes in Andrew Jackson's profession together with his time as a basic in Tennessee and his stand up the military ranks. Jackson's potent use of spies in struggle time and of martial legislations in peace time sparked a debate in regards to the curbing of civil liberties within the identify of nationwide protection that keeps to today. such a lot of all, Jackson was once a very good motivator who may well, with a couple of conscientiously chosen phrases and through his personal courageous instance, flip round starved, deserting troops, convincing them to struggle. With dramatic scenes of fierce battles and victories, Remini unearths right here why Jackson's daring management as a common resulted in his election as President of the U.S. in 1828.

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They massacred more than 300 American settlers. Red Eagle commanded the most militant Creeks, called Red Sticks, because they painted their war clubs a bright red. They lived in the upper Creek region around central Alabama along the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers. Their goal was to join a Shawnee chieftain, Tecumseh, in his plan to organize the northern and southern tribes into a great confederation and with it drive the white settlers back into the ocean from whence they had come. Opposed to the Red Sticks were those Creeks of the lower region east of Alabama and west of Georgia around the ChattaTHE INDIAN FIGHTER 37 hoochee River who wished to assimilate with whites and learn the skills of modern farming and industry.

It took only a moment to decide. 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.

Those who escaped were pursued by Coffee’s cavalry for three or four miles, shooting as many of them as possible. But around 700 of the hostiles made good their escape and prepared to renew the war at a later time. Even so, over 300 Indians lay dead on the battleground. 8 The first thing Jackson did was bury his dead and have litters made for the wounded. Then he swung his army back to Fort Strother, where he expected to find the supplies he had requested weeks ago. When he got to the fort, he was dumbfounded to learn that no supplies had arrived from Nashville.

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