Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New

Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans Whether or not the United States won the war of , two engagements that occurred toward the end of the conflict had an enormous influence on the development of American identity the successful defenses of the cities of Balti and New Orleans Both engagements bolstered national confidence and spoke to the lan of citizen soldiers and their militia officers The Battle of New Orleans perhaps because it punctuated the war, lent itself to frontier mythology, and involved the larger than life figure of Andrew Jackson became especially important in popular memory In Glorious Victory, leading War ofscholar Donald R Hickey recounts the New Orleans campaign and Jackson s key role in the battleDrawing on a lifetime of research, Hickey tells the story of America s forgotten conflict He explains why the fragile young republic chose to challenge Great Britain, then a global power with a formidable navy He also recounts the early campaigns of the war William Hull s ignominious surrender at Detroit inOliver H Perry s remarkable victory on Lake Erie and the demoralizing British raids in the Chesapeake that culminated in the burning of WashingtonTracing Jackson s emergence as a leader in Tennessee and his extraordinary success as a military commander in the field, Hickey finds in Jackson a bundle of contradictions an enemy of privilege who belonged to Tennessee s ruling elite, a slaveholder who welcomed free blacks into his army, an Indian hater who adopted a native orphan, and a general who lectured his superiors and sometimes ignored their orders while simultaneously demanding unquestioning obedience from his men Aimed at students and the general public, Glorious Victory will reward readers with a clear understanding of Andrew Jackson s role in the War ofand his iconic place in the postwar era


About the Author: Donald R. Hickey

Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College He earned his B.A in 1966, his M.A in 1968, and his Ph.D in 1972 from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.


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