Andrew Jackson's Colorful Military Career

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The seventh president of the United States had a colorful military career before he became Commander in Chief. Andrew Jackson, born 1767 in South Carolina, was a prisoner of war during War of Independence; "his treatment resulting in a lifelong dislike of Great Britain," ("Andrew Jackson" n.d.). After the British captured the belligerent Jackson, he was "ordered to clean a British officer's boots. When he refused, the officer drew his sword and slashed Jackson's hand to the bone," (Patrick, n.d.). This memorable treatment by the British inspired Jackson to take up arms against the British in the War of 1812. It also helped to foment Jackson's political ideologies that were staunchly anti-federalist. In addition to his encounters with the British during the Revolutionary War, Jackson was notorious for having "indulged in many a duel," including one in which he killed Charles Dickenson (Patrick, n.d.). Jackson's early military career consists mainly of his involvement in the War of 1812, followed by the Creek War in 1813-1814, and then culminating in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. This string of military victories for Jackson was later supplemented by brutal victories in the First Seminole War in 1818. Having had a meager role to play in the War of 1812, Jackson hungered for glory and led the West Tennessee Militia in the Creek War of 1813-1814. This led to promotions for Jackson. Jackson's military career reached its pinnacle, though, during the Battle of New Orleans.

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