The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country.
Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson, who feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans. If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground.
Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans, Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And then he had to face the most powerful military force in the world, in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous.
As they did in their previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Freedoms at Risk 5
Chapter 2 How to Lose a War 15
Chapter 3 The Making of a General 27
Chapter 4 A River Dyed Red 37
Chapter 5 The British on Offense 53
Chapter 6 Jackson Unleashed 73
Chapter 7 Target: New Orleans 91
Chapter 8 Losing Lake Borgne 107
Chapter 9 The Armies Assemble 123
Chapter 10 The First Battle of New Orleans 147
Chapter 11 The Defensive Line 159
Chapter 12 Day of Destiny 189
Chapter 13 The British Withdraw 207
For Further Reading 261