Andrew Jackson’s volunteers

Andrew Jackson’s volunteers: I live in Nashville a couple hundred yards from the trail Andrew Jackson started down as he led his volunteers to New Orleans to defend that city 190 years ago. When I read the quote, understandably said in the midst of great grief and disbelief, from a former mayor of New Orleans, who fears, “We lost our city,” I can’t help but think of the Tennesseans who to this day are knowns as “volunteers” because they voluntarily risked (and gave) their lives to defend New Orleans. Tennesseans — and the rest of the nation — are not going to allow New Orleans to be lost. Defending her is a part of our heritage. It’s a part of who we are.

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