Nah, he just used chicory drinkin', tobacco chewin' good 'ol boys to best the
big red machine. Isn't that what the songs and movies tell us?
Seriously, I don't think there is any intent to slight the regulars, who drew
from the 18 states and diverse backgrounds to fill the ranks. My guess is they
are just pointing out the varied mass/mess of men that Jackson turned into an
army. By sheer force of will in some cases. A less dynamic general wouldn't
have been able to hold it together IMHO.
No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted. -- Aesop
From: usmarine1814 <usmarine1814@...
Sent: Tue, January 3, 2012 10:10:01 AM
Subject: 1812 Re: January 3, 1815, New Orleans
Jackson even had US Navy Sailors, US Army Soldiers and United States Marines
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "ONeil" <denoux3124@...> wrote:
> Gen. Andrew Jackson has assembled the most heterogeneous army in the history of
>the US. Men from nearly all eighteen states, French and Spanish Creoles, German
>and Irish immigrants, Acadians, free-men of color, pirates, American
>backwoodsmen, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Attakapas braves. He will gather 4,000 men
>at the Rodriguez Canal while Gen. Pakenham awaits his remaining troops. The
>British will have 14,000 combatants, battle-hardened regiments-of-foot,
>fusiliers, highlanders, a rifle corps, rocket corps, Royal Artillerymen, as well
>as Royal Marines and seamen from the fleet. Choctaws report the British are
>digging a canal to extending Bayou Villeré.
> from BATTLE KISS, Part 3, "The Battle of New Orleans" by O'Neil De Noux
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