Donald R. McClarey

Our Second War For Independence

And what a disastrous Second War for Independence the War of 1812 tended to be for the infant US with the major exception of the Battle of New Orleans fought after the treaty of peace was signed.  Theodore Roosevelt in

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Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson

  Our Federal Union! It must be preserved! Toast offered by President Jackson, April 13, 1830     Another tale in the ongoing annals of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Let me say at the outset that I doubt if Donald Trump

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The Devil and Andrew Jackson

(I originally posted this back in 2009.  Old Hickory is back in the news because of President Trump’s musings upon him.  As a result I decided to repost this.)   I have never liked President’s Day.  Why celebrate loser presidents

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So Much For the Trump as Pawn of Putin Meme

    When Senator Hayne of South Carolina told Senator Benton of Missouri that he doubted if Jackson would really hang anyone, Benton, a good friend of Jackson and a man who had shot him in a brawl, one of many

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January 9, 1815: Report to Monroe

  The day after the battle of New Orleans, Jackson wrote his report to James Monroe, Secretary of War.: Sir: 9th Jan: 1815 During the days of the 6th. & 7th. the enemy had been actively employed in making preparations

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January 8, 1815: Battle of New Orleans

  The War of 1812 had been one with little glory for Americans.  The invasions of Canada all failed, often the officers in charge displaying shocking military incompetence.  Although the American Navy performed valiantly, the Royal Navy maintained control of

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Jackson’s Motley Army

  I guess there may have been a more heterogeneous force that fought a major battle in American history than the one that Andrew Jackson commanded on January 8, 1815, but it does not readily come to mind.  Here was

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Prelude to the Battle of New Orleans

  Upon the commencement of the War of 1812, Jackson immediately volunteered for active service.  Nothing happened.  Jackson assumed he was not called to duty due to his vigorous opposition to many of the policies of Thomas Jefferson, Madison’s predecessor. 

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New Orleans Is Ready For Its Close Up Mr. DeMille

    American history tends to be ignored by Hollywood and therefore it is unusual for a battle to receive treatment in a Hollywood feature film. It is doubly unusual for a battle to be treated in two Hollywood feature

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Andrew Jackson and Our Lady of Prompt Succor

(Originally posted in 2011, it seemed appropriate to repost it on the 199th anniversary of the battle of New Orleans.) When one thinks of Andrew Jackson, Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the Ursuline nuns do not spring to mind,

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Old Hickory and the Democrats

 The modern travesty of Thomas Jefferson’s political organization to which you have attached yourself like a barnacle has the effrontery to call itself The Democratic Party. You are a Dem-o-crat. What’s the matter with you? Are you wicked? Congressman Thaddeus

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Harvard and Andrew Jackson

In 1833 the administration of Harvard decided to bestow an honorary doctorate of laws on the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.  Many Harvard alums, looking down their noses at the rough, uncouth and ill-educated Jackson, were outraged.  None

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The Hunters of Kentucky

Something for the weekend.  Written in 1821 by Samuel Woodworth, the song proved immensely popular and Jackson used it as a theme song in his 1828 campaign for the presidency.

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60-40: The Party of Jackson Creates A Jacksonian Moment

By a vote of 60-40 early this morning in the Senate, the Democrats, with not a Republican vote, voted to cede power to the Republicans in 2010.  The Democrats thought they were voting to invoke cloture on the ObamaCare bill, but the consequences of

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The Devil and Andrew Jackson

I have never liked President’s Day.  Why celebrate loser presidents like Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan, non-entities like Millard Fillmore, bad presidents, like Grant, with great presidents like Washington and Lincoln?  We have had other great presidents, and one of them,

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