Joseph Wesley 
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Re: “Andrew Jackson surges to glory as the Tennessee State Museum surveys the War of 1812

Mr. Lind, as a student of the Creek Indian War and especially the roll of Andrew Jackson aka Old Hickory, I find your description of him very true and accurate. Though wounded from a duel, with quick spirit he took the charges from the President and his Governor, led and inspired his troops south into my state of Alabama where he was ready and able to fight. With a failure of provisions he still managed to be on the lookout and ready to battle where need be. When 1080 Red Stick, Creek warriors came north after massacre of so many at Fort Mims in south Alabama, they laid seige to the hastily built stockade around trader Alexander Leslie's home where some 140 friendly Creek moved for safety. A lone brave crawled out that night under cover of dark and the skin of a slain hog to slip away north to find Jackson at newly built Ft.Strother. At midnight that night Jackson roused his men and began a moonlit march all night and the next day to our town of Talladega. On that second morning he surrounded the Red Sticks with 2000 vallient Tennessee volunteers and a few hundred allied Cherokee and Choctaw and defeated the Red Sticks, leaving 299 dead on the battle field and several hundred more slain in rapid retreat. Meanwhile General Cocke with equal troops wrote compaints about his lack of supplies as well as complaints about Jackson. Good men were under both men and we of Alabama owe a hearty thank you for the brave men of all levels who stood up, left safety of home and came to our aide. Had Jackson not been so hickory strong in will and way the warring Creek would not have had their will tested and broken, nor would the US have won the Battle of New Orleans. God bless those who volunteer to fight and their descendants as well. We are a strong and safe nation under God because we help each other and keep our enemies at bay.

Posted by Joseph Wesley on 06/01/2012 at 10:22 AM

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