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Andrew Jackson An original history THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MAY 23, 1985, PAGE THREE By Bernard V. McMahon PART FOUR Reinforcing Carroll and Coffee thanks to Packenham's delay, Jackson retu,m,,ed theadquarters. There pacin the floor was State Senator Bernard Marigny. Do u know that Abner Duncan-galloped into town and told your M.P.'s to close the mbly? Mon Dieu, the salons are milling outside the capital building and as -.e is no sessions we are not able to make speeches. Worst of all, if you lose will we do? ,, lell your honorable body if I lose you will have a warm session, Jackson said. un the extreme left trenches under Carroll were the Tennessians. Next to them 'te Coffee's men dressed in long coats like "full trim Quakers." The British were .nded, being faced by pacifists. At the center of the line were the Kentuck- k,s, the New Orleans militia, and the Free Negro regiment whose members, to love their loyalty as Americans, jumped over the mud wall at the British and suffered the most casualties of any American military outfit in the engagement. d at the end of the entrenchments were the Seventh and 44th Regulars regiments. . Up to the ramparts marched the British, lead by Scot H1qhlanders. Shoot at ll bagpipes swirling moved into the crossfire of the deadly marksmenship of Kentuckians and the Tennessians. Theyfell down in heaps handing their -3n flags to the men behind them. "Our men are retreating," an officer '-med at Pakenham. "All right. I will lead them." Down he went in a hail of '.acl, mortally wounded. He died in the rear within minutes. The battle ended at noon The carnage among the British was so frightful the round was covered by dead and the field was red with blood. Jackson stunned /the British casualties said, "1 never had so grand and awful an idea of the fUrrection as on that day." He saw unwounded British soldiers emerging from eaps of dead coming to the American lines to surrender. Their casualties were 2,057. Only 13 Americans had died, most of them from the Free Negro Jrnent .n ianuary 21, 1815 the British emba'ked on their ships and sailed away. The ,erican army marched into New Orleans which was teeming with celebrating eOple. Under a great triumphal arch in front of the cathedral Jackson rode like a [nquering Caesar returning to Rome. Washington was buried under a blizzard that matched the gloom of the city and :n. Now fast sailing packets ships docked from New Orleans, the U.S. c,,,j was summoned and through the streets bugles blared from squadrons of v ,alYmen. Jackson's great,victory was proclaimed to the citizens of the capital. i ner'V uneSheadlines:from Shakespeare. s Henry V! were printed in American newspapers In "Advance our waving colors on the walls Rescued is Orleans from the English wolves." Catholic high gets name, funds The planned new Catholic high school in Tangi,pahoa Parish has a name ad a bank account behind it now. The new school s first class is scheduled to nst Thomasin 1986. Acquma" s Hl'gh School is the name given the school, as annOUnced Monday in Hammond by Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott. A fund drive in Tangipahoa Parish that began in February this week assed its $2 million goal, with contributions still coming in. e school will be built just north of Hammond on U.S. 51. St. Joseph ool in Ponchatoula will be a feeder school for the regional high school, ich is hoping to attract a faculty of religious. ition estimates have started at $1,600. . Next Week-. Guest Columnist Bill Graziano's history of shell dredging in local waters Now Open Alligator Campground . Snack Bar Wlth BBQ Pita . Picnic Area This was followed by the news of the peace treaty signed at Ghent. The delegates from Hartford, Conn. Convention arrived in town and, hearing the news, slunk out, their tails between their legs. Henry Clay one of the commissioners who drew up the peace treaty wrote, "Now [ can go to England without mortification." Jackson, awarded a gold medal by Congress, was now a national here. He left New Orleans on April 6, 1815 and returned to Tennessee. With the .war at an end, the United States army was reorganized into northern and southern divisions under Major Generals Jackson (the southern) and Jacob Brown (the northern). in 1817 the Florida Seminole Indians, egged on by the Spanish, hit the war path. Marching down to Florida Jackson ousted the Spanish from Pennsacola, chastized the Seminoles and returned to Nashville, again the conquering hero. Traveling to Washington he told off his critics and toured the Eastern Seaboard to a hero's welcome. Monroe offered him the territorial governorship off Florida and, having accepted, he moved to Pennsacola. Passing through New Orleans Rachers pious Protestant heart was outraged at the Catholic inhabitants off the Crescent City. She said of New Orleans, "Great Babylon is come up before me, oh, the sickedness the idolatry of the place unspeakable, the riches and splendor." This coming from a married woman who eloped with another man without the disoensation of a civil divorce. Jackson's tenure of office was very unhappy so on Nbvember 21, 1821 he returned to the Hermitage and "resigned the governorship off Florida. In 1819 what was called in those days "a panic" hit financial circles and many banks failed. Jackson's supporters used this as a platform built for entry into the White House. But his political experience was almost nil. Luckily there was an election for the U.S. Senate coming up so they convinced the Tennessee legislature to vote for him. in 1823 he was elected U.S. Senator from Tennessee. December 5, 1823 he took his seat in the Senate. Looking to the right he found his old adversary Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri. Jackson was accused of harboring undying enmity for his enemies with one exception - politics. As the old bromide goes: "'Politics makes strange bedfellows." They soon shook hands. In 1824 the presidential election was stymied and thrown into the. House where to the surprise of all John Quincy Adams, President John Adams' son, was elected President. Henry Clay was appointed Secretary of State and Jackson realized he was double-crossed. In a rage he began planning for the election of 1828. His big break came in the same year. Martin Van Buren (known as The Red Fox or The Little Magician) moved William H. Crawford's presidential votes to Jackson. Now Senator Andrew Jackson did some fancy fence straddling. He made no speeches opposin.q paper currency or the second United States Bank. On the controversial tariff he murmured he was for a "careful tariff." He wrote newspaper editors that he would broom out all corrupt politicians (a la Ike Eisenhower a century later) out of office. William Morgan, a stone mason from Batavia, New York in a row with his brother lodge, Masons wrote a book exposing all their secret hand shakes, signals, etc. The lodge framed him and had him imprisoned. When freed they tossed him into the Niagra river and he drowned. Now every citizen who fancied he was blocked in business and politics Dined a new party called the Anti-Masonry Party. Thurlow Weed with huge Catholic constituency in New York City, and Thaddeus Stevens of Penn%;Ivanla jumped on the bandwagon. At the height off the furor Andrew Jackson w discovered to be the Kingfish of the Tennessee Masonic lodge. Students don't let teachers tell" you that these were not turbulent times politically! Andrew Jackson's followers were called democrats so it was he who really lounded the modern day Democratic Party. The mud slinging was unparalleled. Adams was accused of pimping for the Czar of Russia and installing pooRables in the White House. Jackson was accused of adultery, seduction, murder, theft, treason, sabbath breaking, cockfighting, horseracing and swearing. The white working men and women, treated as bad if not worse than black slaves, started forming unions that were embraced by the Democrats, who have been married to them ever since. The campaign was kicked off in New Orleans on the anniversary of the battle. The election was a landslide for Old Hickory. One of the reasons for his victory was the reaction to President John Quincy Adams personality. Adams own self analysis is brutally revealing: "1 am a man of reserve (he wrote in his diary) cold, austere and forbidding manners. My political adversaries say a gloomy misanthrope; and my personal enemies, an unsocial savage. With the knowledge of the actual defects in my character, ! have not the pliability to reform it/' These slogans were shouted during the campaign: John Quincy Adams who can write! Andrew Jackson who can fight! Rachel suffered a heart attack and died at the Hermitage Dec. 22, 1828 and was buried in her garden on Dec. 24. This was a terrible blow to President-elect Jackson and it was thought for awhile he would not take the oath of office. On Mi/rch 4, 1829 he was administered the oath by Chief Justice Marshall and afterwards announced his cabinet appointments: Van Buren, State Dept.; Treasury, Samuel D. ingham; John MacPherson Berrten, Attorney General; John Branch, Navy; John McLean, Postmaster General; General Eaton, War. The westerners followed Jackson back to the White House where one observer said they reminded him of the mob that marched on Versailles, without the guillotine. Every school boy and girl knows how they trampled all over the White House with their muddy boots. Every school boy and girl knows their history textbooks are written by a bunch of sissies. (To Be Continued) Manchac Mermaid a rare sightin,g FROM PAGE ONE anything else. Besides, water hyacinths grow in shallow water and a manatee displaces so much water they have to avoid shallow waters," he said. Hartman was excited, however, over the sighting and alerted other scientists at Wildlife & Fisheries, who began tracking the progress of the visiting "mermaid." Since last week's page one report on the "Manchac Mermaid" in the Times others have reported sightings. "It's rare but there have been sightings in the 20's and in the 40's here in Louisiana. They can't stand cold water so we only get stragglers here." 450 ft. Water Slide! * See Louislana's Famous Reptiles __ ----- --- x , Strut their Stuff! 0 IS ! Paddle a . Pony Rsdes!*-- For Kids of All Ages '- : . Petting Zoo i " Whiz Kids Are Welcome . Game Room 0ver-night . Camper Hook-ups . Swimming Pool / ain't we got fun! Located behind the Best Western Motel Hwy. 190, Hammond, La. 345-8901 said the state biologist. Mrs. Cathy Joiner, one local reader who has researched the subject, added specific information gleened from "The Mammals of Louisiana and Its Adjacent Waters" by the late Dr. George Lowery. Lowery was a much-revered scholar who headed the Natural Sciences Department at LSU and had several local students such as local biologist Jimmy Bankston. He documented the few previous sightings of a manatee in Louisiana waters: In 1929 two were found dead in Calcasieu, in 1937 an adult male was spotted in Cow Bayou, and on May 17, 1943 two fishermen spotted a manatee in Lake Catherine near Grand Point. Now in 1985 there have bepn sightings, possibly of the same lone manatee or lndtwduals from a small herd, first in the Amite River, then May 11, first midway through Manchac's South Pass and later in the day near the east end of the Pass, apparently heading for Lake Pontchartrain. Mrs. Joiner said that her studies in- dicate such rare Sightings are the result of unnaturally cold weather developing in the southern waters, which en- couraqes the warmth-loving "mer- maids'-' to try unfamiliar waters such as Lake Pontchartrain and the local rivers, before finding their way back out again to the southern seas. State biologists agree with that scenario and so were anxious to track the Manchac manatee when informed "of the sightings there, though it was their belief that by now the manatee has left the area. A meeting of the Manchac Fisher- man's Association on Friday in Akers produced no fresh sightings of the mammal that gave birth to the mermaid myth. 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