Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 137

Price Realized: $ 2,080
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
PAYING FOR TRANSPORTATION OF SICK SOLDIERS DURING MARCH HOME FROM NATCHEZ JACKSON, ANDREW. Document Signed, "Andrew Jackson / Major Gen'l," ordering Assistant Deputy Quartermaster to pay Edward Mitchell $198.75 for "Seventeen days hauling of the sick and their baggage from Mitchells Stand in the Choctaw Nation of Indians to the Tennessee River, they being part of the detachment of Tennessee Volunteers under Gen'l A. Jackson . . . ." 1 page, folio; complete closed separations at horizontal folds repaired verso with tissue or paper, minor scattered smudging, faint uneven toning, minor scattered ink burn, docketing and Mitchell's receipt signature verso. Nashville, 23 April 1813

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During the War of 1812, as Major General of U.S. Volunteers, Andrew Jackson traveled with over 2,000 troops toward New Orleans on orders to defend it from the attacks of the British and allied local Indians. On March 15th, en route at Natchez in the Mississippi Territory, Jackson and his men were dismissed by the Secretary of War without pay or means of transport home. Jackson felt that he and the government owed the volunteers better treatment, so he led them through hostile territory back to their Nashville homes, paying them with his own money. During the long march home, Jackson and his officers lent their horses to the sick, making the journey on foot. It was during this march that Jackson earned his nickname, "Old Hickory." To his men, Jackson was as strong and unyielding as a hickory tree.