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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to John Sevier

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01060 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Letter signed Date: 2 January 1806 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Jackson explains that he will soon send a letter concerning the strength of his brigades. He has been delayed in doing so because one of his commanders has been late in filling his returns. Assures Sevier that if he does not receive a response soon, he will arrest the officer responsible, General Isaac Roberts. Also mentions Thomas Johnson and James Winchester, brigade commanders in the Second Division, West Tennessee Militia. The militia was being mobilized to deal with the threat of the Burr conspiracy, but the matter was resolved before military action was necessary. Signed by Jackson, but probably in the hand of his aid, William P. Andreson.

Background Information: John Sevier was elected the first governor of the state of Tennessee, and served from 1795-1801 and 1803-1809. Also served in Congress.

Full Transcript: Nashville 2nd Jany. 1806.

Your order of the 29th of November reached me on the 15th Ultimo; & on the receipt thereof I immediately Issued the necessary orders to the Genls. ...of the different Brigades under my command, without delay to make their returns to me of the strength & condition of respective Brigades; I have further ordered that the malitia of my division be placed & held in the most compleat and perfect order - From the patriotic [inserted: zeal] displayed by the Officers & men on the present Occasion over whom I have the direction, there is no doubt, should the tocsin of Warr be sounded they will deserve well of their Country - and that they can be brought in good orders into the field in ten days after they receive Marching Orders
I have been furnished agreeable to my orders of the 17th Ultimo, with Genls. Winchester & Johnston returning - I am delayed in making [2] mine to you on account of the failure of Genl. Roberts - from what cause the delay has arisen I know not, but I have Issued the necessary, orders to him to insure his return before next mail - As soon as I do receive Genl. Roberts's return my return shall be forwarded without delay - I have been prepared for these two mails to forward mine to you had I have been furnished with his return - Should he fail in complying with my order of this days date - disagreeable as it may be, to have to arrest a General Officer, my duty will compel me to order a court of inquiry - I hope his compliance will prevent the necessity of this disagreeable process -
I have the Honor to be
with our respect Yr.
Most Obt Servt.
Andrew Jackson
His Excellency,
John Sevier, Esqr
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People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Sevier, John, 1745-1815

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentMuster Rolls and ReturnsMilitary HistoryMilitiaTreason

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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