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My name is Andrew Jackson and I was the 7th president of the United States People tell me that I have a lot to be proud of because I wasnt just a president I worked as a prosecuting attorney and I fought in the war Ive heard people say that I was the best-loved and most-hated president the young nation had ever known I named a era after myself and always lived according to the rugged straightforward code of the American frontier In 1802 I was elected major general of the military force The turning point in my life was definitely my service in the War of 1812 One of my first victories was over the Creek Indians Inspired by the British attacks on the Americans the Creeks raided frontier settlements in Georgia and Alabama My Tennessee military and I crushed the Creeks at the battle of Horseshoe Bend Alabama on March 27 1814 After winning that battle I was then ordered to defend New Orleans I built up my small regular army and recruited frontier riflemen from Tennessee and Kentucky and also gathered a force of volunteers On January 8 1815 the British troops charged It was a massacre the British withdrew after suffering 2237 deaths while we only lost 71 We won the battle however fighting the battle was a tragic mistake Only days earlier December 241814 a peace treaty had been signed Communication was so slow that the news just didnt reach me in time Of course my little victories didnt affect the outcome of the War of 1812 but it did make me a national hero With the exception of Gen William Henry Harrison no American except me had achieved anything like military triumph In 1817 I was ordered to the Alabama-Georgia region to defend settlers against attacks by Seminole Indians from Florida In 1818 I pushed into Spanish-held Florida and captured Pensacola and hung two British soldiers as spies
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