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Young Andrew Jackson Assaulted by Major Coffin

Jackson Attacked by Major Coffin


   An incident that occurred during Jackson’s imprisonment was the subject of an 1876 Currier & Ives lithograph. While imprisoned in Camden, South Carolina, Jackson was attacked by a British officer, Major Coffin, for refusing to clean his boots.  Coffin slashed Jackson with a sword, Jackson ducked and threw up a hand.  He was scarred on his left hand and forehead and developed a hatred for the British.  A biographer wrote: “It was cut to the bone, and a gash on his head left a white scar that Andrew Jackson carried through a long life that profited little to England or any Englishman.”

Tomorrow, a salute to the the only US President to own a US patent.  Rita Bay


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