Letter from Andrew Jackson to the Louisiana Militia

General Orders                                                                                             Head Quarters 7h. M. District
New Orleans March 7h. 1815

    In consequence of the impressions made by recent advices from the Seat of Government, the commanding General feels at liberty to discharge from actual service such of the Louisiana militia as were levied in mass.
    No Conclusive information of peace has yet arrived. Official dispatches destined for this place have by some extraordinary Occurrence not yet reached it and there exists a possibility their containing no more than has been already leart from another source. Yet unwilling to tax the patriotism of the Inhabitants, where any plausible pretext offers for releiving them, And as these m ilitia reside on the scene of action and have exhibited such alacrity in obying the first call to the field The Commanding General will restore them to their families and their homes.
    The Militia thus releived will however be prepared should another call be made for their Services, again to defend their country, and again to prove themselves worthy the blessings of a free government; And in returning to the pursuits of private life they will guard against the devices and intrigues of the turbulent, malicious, envious and disappointed, who are ever ready to reap the harvest of their Country's ruin, who would sever the affections of the Soldiers from their officers, Substitute irresolution, and timidity for energy, and Order, make Subordination irksome, and discipline hateful.  Without Confidence in the commander all military operations are unhinged. What then must be the thoughts of those men, who, in the moment of danger, hesitating and doubtfull, will yet, when their fond wishes lull them into security, irritate, harrass, & weary, those whose sole aim has been the defense of their country, who first compell the exercise of harsh measures, and then make them a pretext for undermining the authority from which they eminate.
    The Commanding General in parting with the Militia, is enabled in all the Simplicity of truth, to say, by these men the invinibles of Wellington were foiled, the Conquerors of Europe Conquered.
    Let them then preserve with solicitude the Character they have won, and may that tranquility they so manfully contributed to attain prove to them a blessing and endear those privileges for which they have fought.

Andrew Jackson
Majr. Genl. Comdg.

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