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Republican Compiler
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
March 31, 1824
Page 1
Article furnished by : Nancy Piper
Photographs furnished by : John G. Sharp

 

 
President James Monore ( 1758-1831)
Served as President from 1817 - 1825
This is White House collection portrait is
dated probably during his presidency years

circa 1817-1825
 
Portrait of Andrew Jackson
after his 1815 New Orleans victory
by R. Peal
is from the White House collection
circa 1820
 

 

Washington, March 17

Yesterday the President of the United States presented to Gen. Jackson, the Gold Medal, heretofore voted to him by Congress, for his gallant defence of New Orleans. At the same time, Judge Todd, of the Supreme Court, representing Gov. Shelby of Kentucky, received the Medal which had been voted to him for the capture, at the river Thames, of the British army under Gen. Proctor. At half past 11 o'clock, Gen. Jackson, attended by Mr. Livingston, of the House of Representatives, who had been one of his Aids-de-Camp at New Orleans, and Judge Todd, entered the large circular room of the President's House, where were the Secretaries of State, War, and Navy, and a number of visitors attending to witness the ceremony. The President then presented to the General the Medal, with the following Address:

General Jackson: In compliance with a resolution of Congress, on the 27th of February, 1815, I present you this medal, as a testimonial of the high sense entertained, by that body, of your gallantry and good conduct, in the defence of New Orleans, at that important epoch, and especially in the very brilliant action of the 8th of January. In the performance of this duty, I recollect, with profound interest, the danger which then menaced that city, and the whole of the country dependent on the Mississippi, and the glorious exploit by which they were rescued from it. An incursion by a powerful army of veteran troops, commanded by a General of experience, who had gained renown in Spain, made a strong appeal to the patriotism of the nation. The result exhibited an example of devotion to the public welfare, which will be forever distinguished in the annals of our Union. That alacrity with which our fellow-citizens of the neighboring States, in obedience to the call of their government, flew to the defence of their country, proves that they are willing and ready to encounter every danger, and make every sacrifice in support of our Republican system. The haste with which you repaired to that station, and organized the force collected there; the firmness with which you received the attack, and the success with which you repelled it, with a much inferior force, a great part of which consisted of volunteers and militia, are distinguished proofs of your patriotism and gallantry, as well as of your judgment in action.

To which Gen. Jackson replied:

Sir: Receiving this emblem of the approbation of my county, from you, who were an efficient and active agent of our Government in those scenes of difficulty and danger to which it refers, give me peculiar pleasure. It brings to my recollection, on the tocsin of war being sounded, that patriot ardor which brought voluntarily to the field thousands of the brave Romany of our county, to support its eagles, and to protect our families from the ruthless savage, and the inroads of a British foe. In the name of those patriotic officers and soldiers who so bravely seconded my views in the day of battle, privation, and of peril, and who contributed to bring about the happy results to which you refer, I receive this emblem of approbation, which the Representatives of my county, in Congress assembled, have conceived me worthy to possess. That, at a period the most critical and alarming, I should have been the humble means to harmonize the discordant materials of every nation and tongue, and so unite them as to make a successful defence of the city of New Orleans, against a superior, well-organized, veteran force, and to preserve it from pollution and ravage by an infuriated British soldiery, is remembered as one of the proudest moments of my life. This emblem reminds me of the gratitude we should feel to a kind Providence for those happy results. May you pass through, and retire from the administration of the Government with the full approbation of your country that has hitherto accompanied you. May you be blessed in retirement with all the comforts heaven can bestow, and when life is finished, be raised to a happy immortality beyond the grave.

The President then presented to Judge Todd the Medal designed for Governor Shelby, with the following Address:

Judge Todd: In compliance with a resolution of Congress, of the 4th of April, 1818, I present, through you, to Gov. Shelby, this Medal, as a testimonial of the high sense entertained by Congress, of his gallantry and good conduct in an action on the Thames, under Major General Harrison, in Upper Canada, on the 5th day of October, 1813, in which the combined British and Indian forces, under Major General Proctor, were defeated, and the British troops made prisoners of war. The patriotism which Govenor Shelby, and the troops, his fellow-citizens, under his command, then displayed, in marching beyond the lakes, to meet our then enemy, as well as their bravery in action, will always be remembered with gratitude by their country.

Judge Todd replied:

Sir: I take great pleasure in being the medium of conveyance, from you, sir, as President of the United States, to the venerable patriot, Governor Shelby, of this high testimonial of his gallantry and good conduct on the 5th of October, 1813. This emblematical triumph of that glorious day, shall be carefully delivered to the brave and veteran soldier for whom it is intended. Faithful history will had down to posterity his brilliant and distinguished services in two wars, and will amply show that he deserves well of his country. I will not fail to communicate to him the very polite, friendly and flattering manner in which you have been pleased to deliver it to me for him.
-- Nat. Intel.

 


Andrew Jackson

a daguerreotype of Andrew Jackson
by Anthony Edward taken April 1845
at Jackson's home the Hermitage

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