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By Robert V. Remini, Wesley K. Clark

The latest addition to Palgrave's nice Generals sequence specializes in Andrew Jackson's occupation together with his time as a common in Tennessee and his get up the military ranks. Jackson's powerful use of spies in struggle time and of martial legislations in peace time sparked a debate in regards to the curbing of civil liberties within the identify of nationwide protection that maintains to this present day. so much of all, Jackson used to be an excellent motivator who may well, with a couple of conscientiously chosen phrases and by way of his personal courageous instance, flip round starved, deserting troops, convincing them to struggle. With dramatic scenes of fierce battles and victories, Remini finds right here why Jackson's daring management as a basic ended in his election as President of the U.S. in 1828.

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Thus, the imbeciles in Washington would deprive Jackson of his command and humiliate him by forcing him to return home alone. Actually, the authorities in Washington had decided to abandon a planned attack on Spanish Florida and for this reason had decreed the dismissal of Jackson’s army. Initially, the possibility of seizing East Florida was tempting, but on more mature thought it was abandoned because the United States did not need or want war with Spain. Furthermore, Spain was allied with Russia, and the czar was attempting to mediate the conflict between the United States and Great Britain.

On September 26, 1797, the Tennessee legislature elected Jackson to the Senate by a vote of 20 to 13. He should never have done it. The Senate was no place for a man like Jackson, and he soon discovered his mistake. He was completely out of his depth. His record in the upper house is virtually a blank. Bored, frustrated, and weary, he finally resigned his office on April 16, 1798, without apology or explanation. He simply walked away from a job he could not perform. It is very possible that he made the decision to resign because the possibility of a judgeship opened up that proved very attractive, one that would advance his political and military ambitions by taking him to all the districts of the state.

The governor also congratulated Jackson on his skill and efficiency in raising and organizing the volunteers. But the general replied that he was only doing his duty. Once his army began to move, Jackson notified the secretary of war that he was under way with 2,071 volunteers. 41 It was there in Natchez that Jackson received a blow from the new secretary of war, John Armstrong, that convulsed him and left him shaking with rage. He was ordered to dismiss his army and turn over “all articles of public property” to General James Wilkinson, who was stationed in New Orleans.

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