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Major General Andrew Jackson
Major General Andrew Jackson, also known as Long Knife

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Jackson Signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson
August 9, 1814

Do you recognize the man in the photograph? President Andrew Jackson is on the $20 bill, but the military knew him as Major General Jackson. The Native Americans called him Long Knife. Jackson earned his nickname and his reputation as a ruthless Indian fighter during the Creek War of 1814.

The war began in August 1813, when the Red Sticks, a group of the Creek Indians, attacked American settlers at Lake Tensaw, Alabama. Tensions between the frontier settlers and the Creeks had been brewing since the Revolutionary War era. It was the settlers' greed that brought on the attack.

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