A Few People May Have A Life Changing Experience Reading This. I Chose A Book From My Extensive Library To Bring With Me To The VA Today. It Sits Next To A Well Utilized Jurisprudence Law Section. “The Life Of Andrew Jackson”. On The Way Home Denise Asked If I Would Like A Big Mac. I Hardly Eat Fast Foods So I Jumped For This Treat. We Entered MacDonald’s And While We Ordered I Had The 1938 First Edition In Hand And Noted The Young Lady At The Register Looking At It And Said: “The Life Of Andrew Jackson! Includes The Border Captain And Portrait Of A President Oh! And Maps, Block Prints, It Is Even A First Edition! 1938 Cool No?” She Just Smiled… I Then Asked, “You Know Who Andrew Jackson Was ?” She Said “No..” Well, I Informed Her, But I Could Tell, It Made No Difference –even Though My Explosion Of Excitement In My Explanation Would Have Wakened Andrew Up From His Grave Had I Been Standing Over His Tomb!
On Old Hickory’s sixty-sixth birthday, March 15, 1833. South Carolina rescinded her ordinance of nullification, Snatched from the brink of civil war, the nation gave way to rejoicing that lifted Andrew Jackson’s popularity to a pinnacle not before attained by a President of the Untied States. Daniel Webster extolled the Executive in a public address and Washington heard that, in event of the retirement of the aged John Marshall, the Senator from Massachusetts would be Chief Justice.
General Jackson regarded the demonstration with sober mien. Twenty years as a popular idol had rendered him some what immune to the excess of acclaim, His sensitive intuitions perceived too well the ever-tangling skein of our national life to accept the recent events as a cause for unqualified congratulations.
With the plaudits of millions ringing in his ears, Jackson’s private estimate of his accomplishment was modest. “Nullification and secession are for the present , i think, effectively , and i hope forever put down. But the coalition between Clay and Calhoun , combined …. with a few nullifiers in Virginia and Poindexter [of Mississippi] and his coadjuters in the south and southwest portends no good, but much evil.”
But the latest crisis had ended more tamely than Jackson had reckoned on. “I thought I wd. have to hang some of them & [I] wd. have done it.” <<<< [even though Jackson was a slave owner he would have hung those whom tried to cause war!]
Charleston gave a “Victory Ball” for volunteers who had taken up arms against “the invader”. It was easy to smile at the face-saving devise; too easy. The President observed and reacted deeply . He knew the real issue tio be SLAVERY– as yet untouched and almost unavowed.
From the shadow of the gallows John C. Calhoun emerged with a new and sinister prestige. In Virginia John Tyler responded to the toast. “Nullification the rightful and, as it proved, the efficient remedy”. Andrew Jackson saw that the viper he had set out to kill was only scotched. “The nullifiers in the south intend to blow up a storm on the slave question ….. This ought to be met , for be assured these men would do any act to destroy this union and form a southern confederacy bounded, north, by the Potomac river.”
As time furnished a clearer perspective of these scenes , many who had been in the tick of them came to believe that, had the resolute old man had his way with South Carolina in 1833. our National annals would have borne fewer blood stains in the end.
Among them was HENRY CLAY WHO LIVED TO REGRET THE DAY HE HAD STAYED THE UPRAISED ARM OF ANDREW JACKSON
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NOTE- before before you LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE LIBERAL COMMENTS AS TO SLAVES AND NATIVE AMERICANS AS TO OUR 7TH PRESIDENT: The Trail Of Tears and Facts of President Andrew Jackson’s record of being the” Indian fighter” and “Border Captain” are genuine Yet one must realize that during his time The Native American Forces were in fact a force to be reckoned with. You must realize the time, place, era, laws in addition, The British Hired entire tribes to sack American border villages and towns. Rapes, Massacres and others atrocities were metered out from both sides.It is oh so easy to use 20th century laws ways and means to prosecute the ways and means of historic times. Just pick up a book or two. The Border Captain would be a sure beginning. It is easy to look back and pronounce sentence. To General Jackson the only good Indian was a dead Indian. He EVEN witnessed the END RESULT OF THE rape, mutilations and pillage of his own family members! The native American against the white settlers and the opposite raged for decades…
Rock Scarfone This is why you cannot equate the modern Native American to Native American of the 1800’s and Andrew Jackson As The Border Captain and Indian Fighter!
“The horror of the last 2 raids were blotted out by news of another Creek uprising and the massacre of two hundred and fifty persons at Fort Mims in Mississippi Territory (now Alabama), The horrors of Indian warfare, which Tennesseans knew so well , were at their doors. A common public safety hastened to the Hermitage, Jackson was too weak to leave his bed but he was strong enough to make war!…….
…….Jackson promised to march in nine days….even with his left shoulder shattered by a slug, a ball embedded against the upper bone of that arm– while he was declaring he would not allow the arm to be amputated he was assuring the frightened woman he would protect them…..He would sling the arm and command 2500 men in nine days for three months; often living off of pine nuts and water scavenged off of leaves…”.