Frontier Militiaman in the War of 1812 - Southwestern by Ed Gilbert, Adam Hook

By Ed Gilbert, Adam Hook

"He who is dependent upon defense force leans upon a damaged cane." (George Washington) the good army effectiveness of semi-trained neighborhood defense force is without doubt one of the enduring myths of yankee army background. during this e-book Ed Gilbert finds the reality at the back of this fable. Quoting from memoirs of guys like Sam Dale, Sam Houston, and infrequent histories, he sheds mild on who those frontier males truly have been. He chronicles how militiamen, starting from hard-working farmers to politicians like Davy Crockett, have been remodeled via challenging campaigning, fierce strive against, and Andrew Jackson's both fierce self-discipline, right into a ambitious struggling with strength. modern illustrations and paintings depict the tough existence on crusade and the uniforms worn by way of the armed forces. He info how they fought and received the an important conflict of Horseshoe Bend, and the way eventually at the swampy Plains of Chalmette a scratch strength of country Militias, Federal Regulars, US Marines, and Jean Lafitte's mercenary pirates inflicted a beautiful defeat on normal Pakenham's forces, commencing up the western frontier for the recent country.

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In the background Army regulars help train other militiamen, a major task for the regular soldiers under Jackson's command. Military knowledge for both regulars and militia was gained largely from manuals like the one the officer is holding. In the foreground are typical camp items: provision barrels used for temporary storage, a personal effects chest, and a camp lantern. The tent fly to provide shelter from rain and sun would have been quite a luxury for the ill-equipped militia. 44 PENSACOLA CAMPAIGN Without authorization, Jackson attacked the Spanish port of Pensacola, which was being used by the British to re-supply the Red Sticks.

Brice Smith's company suffered numerous casualties in this baptism of fire. On November 17 Jackson learned that the Hillabees, a Creek tribal group, wished to surrender. Unaware of this on November 18 Cocke's forces attacked the Hillabee towns, killing 70 and carrying away 250 women and children. General John Floyd commanded some 3,000 Georgia militiamen, but the Georgia legislature failed to appropriate funds for supplies. By November 1813 Floyd's force was reduced to about 950 men and 400 friendly Creeks.

The army numbered 2,400 white troops reinforced by about 500 friendly Creeks and Cherokees. On March 24 Jackson left his forward base, widening an old trading trail toward Horseshoe Bend. 11. The vast majority of militiamen served their entire term of service with a single unit, but records exist documenting transfers between units. 38 Hand axe found on battlefield On the frigid morning of March 27, 1814, officers rousted the men out of their blankets. After a meal of salt pork and hardtack, they set off on a march through the forest.

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