August 5, 2006
The young boy never forgot this ill treatment at British hands. The future American General and President, Andrew Jackson, forever harbored a bitter resentment towards anything British.
During their two month imprisonment by the enemy, both brothers became infected with smallpox, from which Robert Jackson perished. Shortly thereafter, their mother, Betty Jackson, went to Charleston to nurse other American prisoners of war, where she was soon stricken with either ship fever or cholera and died. At age fourteen, Andrew Jackson found himself an orphan and an only child.
However heavy the burden of adversity was for the young unschooled Andrew, he triumphed, becoming an American legend as both a warrior and a president. Andrew Jackson is also historically known for being:
• The first president born in a log cabin.
• The first president nominated by a political party.
• The first president to ride on a railroad train.
• The first president victimized by an assassination attempt.
• The only president to have been a prisoner of war.
• The last president who was a veteran of the Revolutonary War.
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July 21, 2006
“Mad” Anthony Wayne’s Continentals stormed and captured the Hudson River promontory of Stony Point, on July 16, 1779, assuring General George Washington’s grip on the strategic location of West Point, New York. God blessed us in those days by giving us a few “mad” men to courageously fight our battles. The small-scale Battle of Stony Point was fought at Stony Point, Rockland County, New York.
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July 20, 2006
The Battle of Kettle Creek, fought here on February 14, 1779, was one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War in Georgia.
The image, Battle of Kettle Creek, Wilkes County, GA, was originally uploaded at Flickr by Robert 345. It is posted here by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution ed” pool.