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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny Kindle Edition
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The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country.
Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans.
If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade’s Louisiana Purchase. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground.
So Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans,Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world—in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous.
In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation’s destiny.
As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”
–Brad Thor, author of Use of Force
“A tale as improbable as it is spellbinding, told with deft touch and insightful clarity. Brian Kilmeade has done it again.”
–General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, Retired), author of Team of Teams
" The scholarship is impeccable, the topic immensely important, the story masterfully crafted. This little gem of a book belongs on the bookshelf of every history buff. What a triumph!"
–Jay Winik, author of April 1865 and 1944
"A wild, page-turning history of one of America’s most fascinating battles.”
–Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The President’s Shadow
"Brian Kilmeade, who has a gift for narrative and an intuitive feel for great stories, has written an exciting account of New Orleans and how that battle changed America down the decades."
–Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jeffersonr, American Lion, Destiny and Power, and Franklin and Winston.
"A riveting introduction to one of the seminal battles in U.S. History. The War of 1812 folk legend of Old Hickory rides high on his horse again in this engrossing overview for readers of all ages. Highly recommended!"
–Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of Rightful Heritage
"Kilmeade shows how the patriotism of Jackson and his generation made America great in the first place. A terrific read."
–Jane Hampton Cook, presidential historian and author of The Burning of the White House
“The reader gets an inkling of the grit that made America great.”
–Erik Prince, author of Civilian Warriors
About the Author
- ASIN : B06VXGQ1PQ
- Publisher : Sentinel (October 24, 2017)
- Publication date : October 24, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 47369 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,169 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story will allow one to see Andrew Jackson in a new light, perhaps in a more important role than when he was elected the 7th president of the United States. While serving as a Major General in the army of the United States, he built a plan of battle using a ragtag army of different backgrounds to go up to a well-trained British army in excess of 10,000 soldiers. He won the battle having killed nearly 3,000 British soldiers, while only loosing a handful of Americans.
It was nice to see a European-like city, New Orleans, with only a small number of English speakers, become an American city with patriotism for their new country, as a result of the battle just outside the city. If the battle of New Orleans ended as a British victory, it is hard to envision the westward expansion that soon follow as well as the country the United States is today, because the British would have controlled the south and Spain controlling Florida.
When the next long-distance road-trip is planned for a trip going east, a stop must be made in Nashville to pay respects to the late president and military officer at Hermitage, Jackson’s former estate where he is also buried. And now, when I think about the $20 bill carrying his photograph, that photo must remain, because America owes this hero the respect!
Geared for general readership of various ages, yet full of tidbits (ex. US Marines) previously unknown to me. Andrew Jackson was the 2nd great man to create and save America, as was George Washington. So many of our Founding Fathers gave ALL to the creation of our Bastion of Freedom, including their fortunes. Such a sorrowful contrast to the persons who emerge from "Public Service" in recent times, Much Richer than when the went in!
The author shows how we can work, & even Fight as One, despite our differences, to confront & even DEFEAT the greatest Military Power(S) on Earth.
OPEN YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO APPRECIATE WHAT AND JUST WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS!
Love, my Brothers, Sisters, Fathers, Mothers...
I was expecting an adult book, with a little historical research that offered some novel insight, such as you might find in a Nathaniel Philbrick history.
It's fine for what it is, but it should be labelled as a book for young readers.
Top reviews from other countries
Using innovation and with no formal military education he was a natural strategist and leader of men, who really did send the Red Coats packing!
This work really brings the character of the man and his times to life in technicolour. Great research and complete with opinions of the General by future U.S Presidents. Read it in one sitting without any effort, great historical work! If you like history brought to life you'll probably like this book.