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    Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Signed "Andrew Jackson, Major Genl". Two pages of a bifolium, Headquarters at Fort Strother, January 30, 1814. A letter to Lieutenant Richard K. Call who served under him during the Creek War. Jackson writes:

    "In Having [sic] been abandoned by your company contrary to my express orders on the 4th Inst. Having [sic] yourself remained at your post, followed me and bravely faught [sic] at Emuckfau and more bravely with the guards to whom you had attached yourself at the battle of ­­­­Enotachapco. Yes - there the guards and those attached to them covered themselves with glory, and by their bravery saved my rear from havack [sic] & destruction, having returned to this place where there is no troops for you to command you have leave to return to your home and then await my further orders or the orders of the commander in chief charge Genl. Thomas Pinckney - On your retirement you carry with you my grateful acknowledgements for your services and the bravery you displayed with the artillery company on the banks of ­­­­Enotachapco on the morning of the 24th Instant".

    On January 24th, Jackson set out for Fort Strother, having engaged with the Indian forces near Emuckfau Creek. As he was crossing the Enotachapco Creek, he was attacked from the rear and was nearly overrun. The artillery, under the command of Lieutenant Armstrong, was ordered to reform and cover the remaining troops as they crossed through the deep water. As Jackson alludes to in his letter to Call, he had ordered reinforcements to assist them, but his orders were not followed. Despite having lost key instruments needed for firing the guns, the brave men refused to retreat and improvised by loading the cannon with grapeshot. The ensuing battle resulted in success for Jackson, and effectively drove off the enemy. Not only did the cannoneers hold their ground and prevent a rout, but their actions also saved the guns from being lost. Jackson would later write to General Pinckney that the battles at Emuckfau and Enotachapco were vital in ending the Creek War. Richard Call would soon after be made Jackson's personal aide in Florida.

    Condition: Toned throughout, soiling on cover. Letter has been reinforced and backed with archival material.




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