Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

In May 1846, over thirty years after the conclusion of the War of 1812, veteran Thomas Bradley, now elderly and ill, had an opportunity to once more exhibit patriotic ardor when the United States declared war on the Republic of Mexico. Shortly after the declaration, volunteers began assembling throughout the various counties of Tennessee. In Wilson County, the volunteer spirit...

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Chapter 1

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pp. 8-33

“America is the fortunate Country, and the State of Tennessee is the fortunate spot in America,” wrote David Campbell in 1809 from Knoxville. “No part of the Earth exceeds us in Soil, climate, and fine Streams of Water. . . . I rejoice I have settled here, where my family can enjoy plenty, and ease.” Campbell, formerly a judge on the Tennessee Superior Court of Law and...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 34-55

The Nashville Clarion publicized the news of the declaration of the “second war for independence,” appropriately, on the Fourth of July. An express rider thundered into the state capital the evening before, with President Madison’s proclamation in hand. The significance of the news arriving on the eve of the Fourth of July was not lost on the Clarion’s editor. “It was this day 36...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 56-82

On Sunday, September 12, 1813, an express rider arrived in Nashville to hand Governor Willie Blount a shocking report “of the dreadful slaughter of several hundred of our fellow citizens by the Creek Indians.” The dispatch referred to the massacre that had taken place on August 30 at the fortified stockade known as Fort Mims, located in a remote region of the Mississippi...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 83-110

With the initial phase of the Creek War completed, Major General Thomas Pinckney began pressing Jackson to link the East and West Tennessee armies in order for them to march to the junction of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers—a site known as the Hickory Ground—and establish a garrison there. Consequently, Jackson instructed John Cocke on December 6, 1813,...

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pp. 111-119

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Chapter 5

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pp. 120-149

James Rhea, a merchant in Blountsville, Tennessee, had a disturbing dream in late June 1814, so troubling that he jotted down this entry in his diary on June 27: “Last night I, James Rhea, dreamed I saw in the Northern Region many Streaks as Red as Blood—broad—pointing downward—this dream may be a sign of war.” His concern mirrored the news coming from Europe...

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Chapter 6

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pp. 150-176

Private James McCutchen, of Dyer’s First Regiment of West Tennessee volunteer mounted gunmen, scribbled this entry in his diary on December 23, 1814, at New Orleans: “we marched 10 miles down to the Battle ground where we had an engagement with the British and lay on the ground all night.” In his usual brusque style, McCutchen summed up the critical initial engagement...

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Chapter 7

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pp. 177-200

On January 24, 1815, the citizens of New Orleans flocked to the Place d’Armes (soon to be renamed Jackson Square) to pay homage to their newly declared champion, Major General Andrew Jackson. The Abbe Guillaume Dubourg, apostolic administrator of the Louisiana diocese, headed preparations for the celebration, which centered on a religious service of public thanksgiving. It...

Notes

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pp. 201-234

Bibliography

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pp. 235-258

Index

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pp. 259-263