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The Generals: Andrew Jackson, Sir Edward Pakenham, and the Road to the… (2005)

af Benton Rain Patterson

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"In December of 1814, American forces led by Major General Andrew Jackson moved into the city of New Orleans. For the next six weeks, Jackson's ragtag troops of militiamen, free blacks, Indians, and pirates furiously defended the city against Britain's elite army, led by Lieutenant General Sir Edward Pakenham. In the bloody confrontation of the two armies, the American underdog army decisively defeated Sir Edward Pakenham's British troops." "The Generals tells the story of the battle between Andrew Jackson and Sir Edward Pakenham for the "booty and beauty" of New Orleans in the winter of 1814-1815. The Battle of New Orleans was the last battle in the War of 1812, which cost Pakenham his life and propelled Andrew Jackson into the national prominence that would eventually lead to his presidency. The Generals provides a detailed and intimate look at both the personal and professional lives of Jackson and Pakenham, demonstrating how their paths twisted and turned until they inevitably met each other on the battlefield outside of New Orleans."--Jacket.… (mere)

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The Generals is a parallel biography of the contestants at the Battle of New Orleans: American, Andrew Jackson and Briton Edward Pakenham.

These parallel studies are often difficult to complete successfully and author Benton Patterson has joined a long line of others who have failed. I bought this book because I'm a sucker for anything on the War of 1812, but this book rambles so far afield I'm unclear whether I'll get much of anything out of it.

Patterson tries to do too much in order to provide some context to the battle. We find ourselves reviewing all of Napoleon's service in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, as well as every other campaign in the War of 1812 whether it involved Jackson and/or Pakenham or not. There's just not sufficient focus on the principal actors to devote a book to them. By the time we get to New Orleans, we've very little about Pakenham and only a sketch of Jackson with about 110 pages left to go. We haven't learned enough about the two generals to explain their actions in this important battle.

I recommend Robert Remini's fine, brief book on this important battle. Remini, as Jackson's biographer, offers the insite that Patterson does not. ( )
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The War of 1812, not America's most familiar conflict, is probably best known for three events -- the burning of Washington, D.C., by the British, the composition of America's national anthem in the dawn's early light at Baltimore, and the battle at New Orleans that proved for the first time the legitimacy of the American nation.
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"In December of 1814, American forces led by Major General Andrew Jackson moved into the city of New Orleans. For the next six weeks, Jackson's ragtag troops of militiamen, free blacks, Indians, and pirates furiously defended the city against Britain's elite army, led by Lieutenant General Sir Edward Pakenham. In the bloody confrontation of the two armies, the American underdog army decisively defeated Sir Edward Pakenham's British troops." "The Generals tells the story of the battle between Andrew Jackson and Sir Edward Pakenham for the "booty and beauty" of New Orleans in the winter of 1814-1815. The Battle of New Orleans was the last battle in the War of 1812, which cost Pakenham his life and propelled Andrew Jackson into the national prominence that would eventually lead to his presidency. The Generals provides a detailed and intimate look at both the personal and professional lives of Jackson and Pakenham, demonstrating how their paths twisted and turned until they inevitably met each other on the battlefield outside of New Orleans."--Jacket.

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