200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House

200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House
H.B. Ball's engraving of the battle scene shows General Jackson at the center, surrounded by his relatively inexperienced soldiers. Jackson had fought briefly in the Revolutionary War as a 13 year old. Before taking command at New Orleans, he'd lead military efforts to drive Native Americans off of contested land in the South. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

On January 8, 1815, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson lead a ragtag group of American soldiers to an unlikely victory in the Battle of New Orleans. Nobody could have known it at the time, but that win propelled Jackson to become the first self-made man in the White House and helped him change the nature of presidential campaigns.

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Generations Later, One Of President Jackson’s Most Prized Possessions Is Back At The Hermitage

Generations Later, One Of President Jackson’s Most Prized Possessions Is Back At The Hermitage
The gold used to make the box is better than 18 karat. Its inscription reads: 'Feb 23d 1819 Presented by the Mayor, Aldermen & Community of the City of New York to Major General Andrew Jackson, with the freedom of the city, as a testimony of respect for his high Military services.' Credit: The Hermitage

Of all the tokens of appreciation governments sent him after the Battle of New Orleans, a small gold box, about the size of a deck of cards, was one of only five Jackson mentioned in his will. The snuff box was recently returned to Jackson's home, but for years, it seemed the box might never leave the Hermitage at all.

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The Day My Sister Greeted The Nixons At Nashville’s Airport

The Day My Sister Greeted The Nixons At Nashville’s Airport
As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph, now stuck to its frame was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph of my sister giving birthday flowers to Pat Nixon was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.

As President Obama will be in Nashville today, we remember another presidential visit from 40 years ago: a celebration with a side of Watergate.

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