Hardened to Hickory
“An impressive combination of scrupulous scholarship and powerful storytelling” — Kirkus Reviews
The turbulent months and expedition down the Mississippi River and Natchez Trace that transformed Tennessee into the “Volunteer State” and Andrew Jackson into “Old Hickory.”
Uncover the missing chapter in Andrew Jackson’s life when Indians saved General Jackson.
When the Earth shook, the Mississippi River flowed backward, the northern lights turned blood red, and a comet created a second moon. When General Jackson fought an enemy spy, who commanded the U.S. Army. When Shawnee warrior Tecumseh stirred Indians to make a last stand. When government bureaucrats forced Jackson to choose between disobeying the president and abandoning his Tennessee Volunteers to die.
And then Andrew Jackson committed mutiny.
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The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson’s Life
Unpublished documents reveal how the backwoods Andrew Jackson, who had never commanded a battle, stepped forward to take on the mantle of General George Washington. Before Jackson became the next general to drive the British army from American soil, he first had to defeat the commander of the U.S. Army, General James Wilkinson, who embodied a privileged and unproductive establishment, and worse, who had sold his loyalty to work as a spy known as “Agent 13” on the payroll of a European enemy. It was a battle of wits and wills between two American titans. The missing piece of the puzzle in Jackson’s biography is how he was transformed into “Old Hickory” by his intense will to succeed and his ability to recover from his own mistakes.