Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny Author:Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger When the British fought the young United States during the War of 1812, they knew that taking the mouth of the Mississippi River was the key to crippling their former colony. Capturing the city of New Orleans and stopping trade up the river sounded like a simple task--New Orleans was far away from Washington, out of sight and out of mind for the... more » politicians. What the British didn't count on was the power of General Andrew Jackson. A formidable military leader with a grudge against the British and a heart for the common man, he rallied the divided inhabitants of New Orleans, bringing together Frenchmen, Native Americans, freed slaves, pirates, and Kentucky woodsmen. In their now trademark fashion, Kilmeade and Yaeger will trace the development of Jackson's character and bring the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal--and surprising--battles in American history.« less
Excellent description of the history of the battle, why it occurred, the problems both sides faced---soldiers on the spot and diplomats in Europe---as well as related incidents.
But to over-emphasize the importance of the Battle of New Orleans, the author tells you the war on land was being lost everywhere else. So I suggest you read the Wikipedia page on Jacob Brown to learn otherwise.
The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison's generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country. Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison's men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans. This book is an excellent account of General Andrew Jackson who defeated the powerful British military at the Battle of New Orleans. This battle changed America and allowed it to one day stretch "from sea to shining sea." If you love history then you will surely want to read this book which kept the dreams of western expansion alive.