By Robert V. Remini, Wesley K. Clark

The most modern addition to Palgrave's nice Generals sequence makes a speciality of Andrew Jackson's occupation together with his time as a normal in Tennessee and his get up the military ranks. Jackson's powerful use of spies in conflict time and of martial legislation in peace time sparked a debate concerning the curbing of civil liberties within the identify of nationwide safety that keeps to at the present time. so much of all, Jackson used to be an outstanding motivator who may possibly, with a number 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 the following why Jackson's daring management as a basic ended in his election as President of the us in 1828.

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Soon the remainder of the brigade recognized the hopelessness of their situation and backed away. These incidents only added to Jackson’s reputation as a great commander. Soldiers later recounted what had happened and emphasized the fact that almost single-handedly he had faced down the rebellion of an entire brigade. Actually the musket he aimed at the troops was so ancient it could not be fired. 16 The worst seemed to be over. The troops marched back to Fort Strother, more supplies arrived, and Jackson expected to link up with General Cocke momentarily.

He rejected the petition with haughty disdain, reminding the men that they were soldiers and expected to act accordingly. Then things began to fall apart. The militia broke camp and headed for home. But they did not get far. When the general heard what was happening, he drew up the volunteers in front of them and forced them to return. The next day the situation was reversed. 12 Jackson appealed to his men. ” Then, having heard that supplies had already reached Fort Deposit, he made his officers and men a promise.

35 Indeed not. Exchange of territory. That was the answer. Unfortunately, Jackson’s reply to this letter has not survived. But the two men did begin a long correspondence, for the major general became an early convert to the removal doctrine first put forward by Thomas Jefferson. The argument about national security resonated deeply inside Jackson’s mind. It was incontestable. 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.

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