February 12, 2014
The Presidency of Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson served two terms as the President of the United States. In those two terms, he helped to mold the Democratic party, and stayed steadfast to his beliefs in many political showdowns, such as the Nullification Crisis, the Indian Removal Act, and the Bank Wars. Jackson’s determination and stubbornness won him loyal followers and admirers, but also many enemies. From the time of his victories in the War of 1812, to his final acts in office, President Jackson was regarded as a great hero, yet at the same time as a man familiar with the needs of the average citizen. Before Jackson became President, he was in the military. In the year of 1812, a war between the United States and Great Britain began. Although Jackson had no formal military training, he was still appointed as a major general in the Tennessee militia (Presidents of a Young Republic 30) by field officers. Jackson’s first significant battle was the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Jackson led his militia against the Creek Nation. After the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Jackson was assigned to serve as a major general of the United States Army.
Jackson’s landmark battle as a general is the Battle of New Orleans (Friedel 57). The British hoped to be able to take over the city of New Orleans, as well as the Mississippi River. The battle began in the morning of January 8, 1815. There were well over 5,000 British troops against Jackson’s army of about 4,500. The British lost roughly
2,000 men, including their commander, while there were only thirteen American soldiers killed (Presidents of a Young Republic 30) and only about seventy American casualties (Deverell and White 248).
The Battle of New Orleans was fought a month after a peace treaty between Britain and America had been signed (Presidents of a Young Republic 30). However,...
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