Jackson, Crockett and Houston on the American Frontier

From Fort Mims to the Alamo, 1813–1836


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About the Book

The 1813 storming of Fort Mims by Creek Indians brought to light the careers of Andrew Jackson, David Crockett and Sam Houston. All three fought the Creeks and each would have his part to play two decades later when the Alamo was stormed during the fight for Texan independence from Mexico.
President Jackson was the first head of state to recognize the fledgling Republic of Texas. Colonel Crockett would be enshrined as a folk hero for his stand at the Alamo. General Houston won Texan independence at San Jacinto in 1836.
This book tells the stories of the two landmark battles—at Fort Mims and the Alamo—and the interwoven lives of Jackson, Crockett and Houston, three of the most fascinating men in American history.

About the Author(s)

Paul Williams has worked in the television and film industries as a writer, producer and director. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Williams
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, 8 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6587-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2521-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Prologue: Burnt Corn Creek 5
1. We Are Perfectly Tranquil Here 9
2. Yelling and Screaming Like Perfect Demons 16
3. The Horror of the Scene 25
4. The Doleful Sound from the Treetops 30
5. Let Every Shot Tell 37
6. A Rough Sort of Backwoodsman 47
7. Rattling Peals of Thunder 54
8. Unlawful and Improper 62
9. Rapine and Plunder 68
10. A Whapper of a Lie 74
11. I Will Be Governor of Tennessee 80
12. Scalping Knives and Tomahawks 86
13. Possessed with the Furies 92
14. I Had Come for Their Votes 99
15. The Bloody Deeds of Gen. Jackson 107
16. A Thousand Wild Rumors 111
17. A Wicked, Unjust Measure 116
18. A Citizen of the Cherokee Nation 123
19. Let Us Have Crockett’s March 129
20. Most Daring Outrage and Assault 136
21. I Will Go to Texas 145
22. The Claws of Thirsty, Rascally and Convict Soldiers 150
23. Damn Him, Let Him Take the Horse 155
24. The Enemy Is Closely Shut Up in Bejar 162
25. Farewell 170
26. The Key to Texas 175
27. The Enemy Are in View 183
28. War Is Raging on the Frontiers 190
29. My Orders Must Be Obeyed 196
30. A Horrible Carnage Took Place 203
31. The Flash of a Musket 212
32. Their Forlorn Situation 218
33. That Is Sam Houston’s Writing 224
34. Wisdom and Humanity Dictates 233
Chapter Notes 241
Bibliography 249
Index 253

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Author brings to life the battles and complications involved in schemes to ‘win the war.’ Well-written…a lovely cross between a reference book and novel, it is an easy read chock full of terrific information”—Roundup Magazine.

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