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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 occupation together with his time as a basic in Tennessee and his stand up the military ranks. Jackson's powerful use of spies in warfare 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 today. so much of all, Jackson used to be a good motivator who might, with a couple of rigorously chosen phrases and via 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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Ironically, the journey back to Tennessee proved to be a personal triumph for the commanding general. Everything the volunteers admired about Jackson was amplified in their presence: his courage, his outstanding leadership skills, his determination, his deep and personal concern for the welfare of his troops, and his patience and understanding. Moreover, something quite extraordinary emerged in Jackson during that homeward march, a quality that helps explain the reason for his many military successes.

Bean threatened to shoot the “first skunk that came within ten feet of him,” so not a single member of the posse tried to apprehend him. “Mr. ” Jackson adjourned the court as he headed out the door. He found Bean a short distance away, at the center of a crowd, cursing and flourishing his pistols and threatening death to anyone who might try to take him into custody. Jackson walked straight toward the man, eyes blazing, a pistol in each hand. ” Bean stared at Jackson and in an instant a complete change came over him.

Then an incident occurred that drove Jackson to take military action. A party of Creeks returning from a visit to the Shawnees on the northern lakes “massacred” several white families living near Duck River on May 12, 1812. The massacre “aroused strong feelings against the Creeks among the people of Tennessee,” most especially Major General Jackson. “My heart bleeds within me,” he raged in a letter to Willie Blount, “on the receipt of the news of the horrid cruelty and murders committed by a party of Creeks, on our innocent wifes [sic] and little babes.

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