Andrew Jackson: From The Battlefield To The White House

Jan 8, 2014

Rewind 199 years, and today's the day General Andrew Jackson rode with 5,000 American troops into a battle that would make him a well-known figure throughout the United States.

Andrew Jackson led forces in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
Credit Edward Percy Moran / Library of Congress

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with military historian Richard Barbuto to talk about the Battle of New Orleans and how the last major battle of the War of 1812 became Andrew Jackson’s ticket to the White House.


  • Richard Barbuto, professor and deputy director of the department of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.