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By Robert V. Remini, Wesley K. Clark

The most modern addition to Palgrave's nice Generals sequence specializes in Andrew Jackson's profession together with his time as a common 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 keeps to this present day. so much of all, Jackson used to be an excellent motivator who may possibly, with a couple of rigorously 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 common resulted in his election as President of the USA in 1828.

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34 So Jackson was right. The problem of Indian-white relations became so bothersome, even when violence was not involved, that Jackson began to consider Indian removal as a solution. In 1809 he discussed the matter with Willie Blount, the brother of William, and now the head of the Blount faction in Tennessee. Willie Blount had just been elected the new governor of the state, and he wrote to the major general about his concern. The time is “fast approaching,” he wrote, when the federal government would have to propose to the Creeks and Cherokees “an exchange of territory” by which the tribes would leave their present location and move to the “vacant lands west of the Mississippi,” that is, the land purchased from France in 1803.

Following the massacre at Fort Mims, Governor Blunt ordered the state’s major general to call out the militia and punish the Creeks. Now at last Jackson could wreak “vengeance and atonement” on the Creek Nation for the 1812 massacre of several families and the kidnapping of a woman at Duck River. The Indians responsible for the Duck River killings had already been executed by their own people, responding to the demands of the Chickasaws who feared they too would be held responsible for the murders.

President Washington had refused the claim on the advice of Secretary of War Henry Knox, who declared that the expedition was not justified. The attack was offensive, not defensive, declared Knox, and a violation of the specific orders from the War Department. Jackson bolted to his feet on the House floor. He roared his rage. He insisted that the raids were “just and necessary. When it was seen that war was waged upon the State, that the knife and the tomahawk were held over the heads of women and children, that peaceable citizens were murdered” by the “savages,” it necessitated a swift and forceful response.

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