Andy Jackson, the Creeks, and the British
March 31-April 5, 2019
A BGES’ Americana Field University Program
Andrew Jackson is certainly one of America’s most colorful characters and presidents. As a teenager in the Carolinas, he encountered the brutality of the British and, as he grew, so too did his independence and meddle. By the time of the War of 1812, Andy Jackson took on the role of militia officer in Tennessee and eventually America’s leading general working to subdue the “Red Stick” Indians led by Red Eagle. The tour includes massacres, interesting tactical battles, and the treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814. Jackson was then mobilized to stave off British incursions along the Gulf Coast, which led to the famous Battle of New Orleans in December 1814 and January 1815. A backwoods tour that you are sure to love.
One of the nation’s foremost Indian Wars authorities and a life-long student of George Armstrong Custer, Neil Mangum served his career in the National Park Service where his postings included a tour as the Superintendent of the Little Big Horn National Battlefield. He was a key player in significant changes that made the site more inclusive and healing. His engaging manner has opened many doors to heritage tourists and made him one of the country’s most respected historians. He has also led tours of the Great Sioux Indian War, the Apache Wars, the Central Plains Indian War, the Buffalo Red River War, and many other Western themes. Recently he has turned to Americana tours, including the Pony Express, Route 66, and the Santa Fe Trail. He is the author of the definitive work, The Battle of the Rosebud: Prelude to the Little Big Horn. Neil retired from the NPS in 2003 and now lives in Payson, Arizona.