Andrew Jackson's Leadership in the Battle of New Orleans

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Shayne A. Charles
History 485-01

“Andrew Jackson, The Battle of New Orleans”

Andrew Jackson was born in rural South Carolina March 15, 1767, the son of impoverished Irish immigrants. He received no formal education as young child and became a messenger boy in the American Revolution at the age of 13. At the Age of 35, he was elected to the Tennessee Militia as a Major General.(LOC) The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815 and was the final major battle of the War of 1812. In this decisive battle of the American Revolution, the American forces were led by Andrew Jackson. After this victory, Jackson emerged as a hero for his actions. Andrew Jackson was an aggressive leader, he knew his intentions, and that offended some, but he also knew how to get his ideas popularized and accepted. He also realized what would happen if the British would have won and taken New Orleans. Andrew Jackson demonstrated the will to win and possessed strategic and tactical skills, leadership and knowledge. In preparing for the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson had a variety of people and units under his command. He made it known to them the reason for going to defend and save New Orleans from the British. He made them understand that if the British were to take New Orleans. “ ‘Good citizens,’ he declared, ‘you must all rally around me in this emergency, cease all differences and divisions, and unite with me in patriotic resolve to save this city from dishonor and disaster which a presumptuous enemy threatens to inflict upon it’” ( Remini, 43). Jackson knew that it would not be in the best interest of the Americans to allow the British to come in, therefore he gained the support of civilians, free blacks, slave, Indians, militia’s, and other units from other states to help in combat and defeat the British....
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