The Battle of New Orleans
"That large country on our borders must be surrendered to us. And it will be - from the Floridas to Mexico!"
Andrew Jackson's Southern Defense
Like many of his fellow countrymen,
Andrew Jackson envisioned the Stars
and Stripes one day waving above the entire U.S. southeast, as well as
over the vast lands beyond the Mississippi. In 1814, Jackson found himself
in a position to bring that day closer, or perhaps even plant the flag
himself. This was due largely to the war administrations lack of
military organization in the south - a gap that Jackson bridged, and filled
with every ounce of his righteous determination.
Jacksons hope was that his
volunteer force would help, not only in the protection of the American south,
but in the acquisition of new territory for the US Indeed, many of these
men from Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee shared Jacksons view of conquest
and almost all had a stake in protecting their southern lands as well as
the important trading routes; the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.