Andrew Jackson on Horseback
"Even though the man on horseback seems clearly to represent Andrew Jackson, the statue encompasses references to three other famous Tennesseans, making it Wickham’s most inclusive monument. His inscriptions on the base refer to Sam Houston, David Crockett (Tis That the Sacred Instrument of Independence May Be Transferred On, By the Children of Those That Have Freely Shed Their Blood To Establish It), John Sevier (Pioneer Patriot 1st Gov. of Tennessee One of the Two Year Governors. 12 year. 35 battles with the Indians and 35 victories), and Andrew Jackson (The British Shall Not Sleep Upon Our Soil To Night). Anyone familiar with the equestrian monument to Jackson on the lawn of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville would have little problem identifying Wickham’s primary subject. Wickham did visit Capitol Hill with son Harvey, and his grandson Jack took Wickham to Nashville to measure and photograph the work. Wickham made his own improvements on the bronze original by including an actual bridle on the rearing horse and placing a real rifle at Jackson’s side.
Wickham ‘s inscriptions carefully document history by listing Jackson’s dates as President, and highlighting each subject’s relationship to Tennessee. All of the historical subjects listed on the podium base were heroes of the post-revolutionary American West, when Tennessee was part of the frontier.
Further information makes Wickham’s own interest in Jackson clearer:He was an enemy of monoplies [sic] and special priviledges [sic] and a champion of democracy. Wickham seems to see Jackson as a champion of the common man for his veto of the bill to extend the Bank of America and his policies in support of American farmers. Jackson’s success as a land speculator before 1795 may have also made the historical figure near and dear to Wickham. " - quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.
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WORDS OF ANDREW JACKSON AT NEW ORLEANS. THE BRITISH SHALL NOT SLEEP ON OUR SOIL TO NIGHT.HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1829 TO 1837. HE SERVED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN THE CAUSE OF INDEPENDENCE. HE WAS A MAJOR
DAVID CROCKET WAS BORN AUG. 19TH 1786 IN GRENNE COUNTY TENN. IN 1813 HE VOLUNTEERED AS A SCOUT FOR ANDREW JACKSON WHO WAS ORDERED TO SUBDUE THE CREEK INDIANS. HE WAS COLONEL IN THE TENN. MILITIA. THE SINCERE WISH OF DAVID CROCKET TIS THAT THE SACRED INSTRUMENT OF INDEPENDENCE MAY NEVER BE TRAMPED ON, BY THE CHILDREN OF THOSE THAT HAVE FREELY SHED THEIR BLOOD TO ESTABLISH IT. DIED IN THE BATTLE OF ALAMO
JOHN SEVIOR PIONEER PATRIOT
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