Andrew Jackson and His Tennessee Lieutenants: A Study in Political Culture

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followed by a discussion of two defectors from the group, and conclude with the younger generation of allies and admirers.


NOTES
1.
For a general view of the role of honor in Southern life see especially Bertram Wyatt Brown, Southern Honor ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1982); David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1989); James C. Curtis, Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vindication ( Boston: Little Brown, 1976); and, less directly but still relevant to the point, Richard Slotkin , Regeneration Through Violence ( Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1973).
2.
Details of the Jackson's emigration to and early years in the Carolinas are drawn primarily from Marquis James, Andrew Jackson the Border Captain ( Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1933), and Robert Remini, Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire, 1767-1821 ( New York: Harper and Row, 1977).
3.
I discovered the intensity of such conflicts in doing research for my biography of James K. Paulding. Many good studies of the internal clashes in each of the states have been written.
4.
I have read the John Spencer Bassett, Correspondence of Andrew Jackson, 6 vols. ( Washington, DC: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1926). Although that collection is being superseded by Harold Moser, et al., The Papers of Andrew Jackson, 4 vols. to date ( Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980-), the Bassett collection provides valuable source materials and commentary for the period not yet covered in the new Jackson project. The Jackson papers are critical for writing both about Jackson and the other lieutenants with whom he corresponded. For reference to the militia problem see Moser et al., Papers, vol 2, 476-78.
5.
Moser et al., Papers, Jackson to Rachel Jackson, vol. 2, 515.
6.
Moser et al., Papers, Jackson to Rachel Jackson, vol. 2, 515.
7.
Moser et al., Papers, Jackson to Felix Grundy in 1813, vol. 2, 385-87.
8.
Among the incidents that led to the collapse of a Clay-Jackson political alliance and friendship was Clay's letter to Secretary of War Crawford criticizing Jackson's 1818 activities in Florida. See Moser et al., Papers, vol. 4, 279.
9.
In 1804 Jackson wrote to Nathan Davidson with whom he was having a business dispute about Davidson's placing money above his honor and by so doing staining his character. Jackson concluded "what confidence can or will be reposed in a man who boasts of fortune and thus violates his word?" Moser et al., Papers, vol. 2, 39.
10.
For many years the Jacksons corresponded with one another and used that salutation. Moser et al., Papers.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 4
  • 1 - Home Left, Home Found 7
  • Notes 16
  • 2 - Andrew Jackson: In Search of Honor, in Defense of Reputation 19
  • Notes 33
  • 3 - John Overton: The Power Behind the Throne 35
  • Notes 40
  • 4 - John Coffee: Kin but by Blood 41
  • Notes 48
  • 5 - George Washington Campbell: Jackson's Man in the East 49
  • Notes 55
  • 6 - William B. Lewis: The Loyal Retainer 57
  • Notes 64
  • 7 - William Carroll: The People's Advocate 65
  • Notes 71
  • 8 - Hugh Lawson White: The Tennessee "Brutus" 73
  • Notes 82
  • 9 - John Henry Eaton: A Lost Man 83
  • Notes 90
  • 10 - James K. Polk: The Cause Above All Else 91
  • Notes 96
  • 11 - Sam Houston: The Prodigal Son 99
  • Notes 107
  • Epilogue 109
  • Bibliography 111
  • Index 119
  • About the Author 123
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