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Collection Reference Number GLC04696
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1837 
Title Andrew Jackson to John P. Hickman regarding his service during the War of 1812
Date 26 December 1837
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Hickman, John P.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Responds to Major Hickman's inquiry about his service during the War of 1812. Discusses at length his experience raising volunteers in Tennessee at the beginning of the War of 1812 and includes a copy of a 11 July 1811 letter by William Eustice accepting his service and his volunteers. Also discusses his march to Natchez to protect New Orleans, and his sudden dismissal by the War Department. Inserts a copy of a 8 January 1813 letter from Secretary of War John Armstrong dismissing him and his troops from service. Explains that the dismissal aroused his ire, prompting him to write to the President (copies not included). He obeyed the order but kept in touch with the men, who immediately obeyed his call in September 1813. In concluding, Jackson notes that many of the men also served in the defense of New Orleans. At the end of the letter appears a 8 January 1839 attestation of accuracy by William Carroll, who served "as [Jackson's] Brigadier Inspector" during the campaigns of 1812 and 1813.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Recruitment  President  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Government and Civics  Battle  Battle of New Orleans  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Hickman, John Pryor (1788-1840)  Eustis, William (1753-1825)  
Place written Hermitage, Tennessee
Theme War of 1812; The Presidency; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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