Friday, October 14, 2011

General Jackson

No trip to New Orleans is complete without remembering Andrew Jackson, his Tennessee volunteers and the Battle of New Orleans. We did not visit the site of the battle on this trip, though I went there in 1997. The Cabildo has plenty of history and artifacts from the Battle of New Orleans, and the history of New Orleans generally. There is a lock of hair on display there that they allege is a lock of Jackson's hair.

General Jackson's equestrian statue is the centerpiece of Jackson Square. During the occupation of New Orleans by the Union Army during the Civil War, the Federal troops carved "The Union Must And Shall Be Preserved" into the statue's base.

Some Tenneseans admire the statue of the first President from their state.