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" I would much sooner honor the ranks than
disgrace an appointment."
In 1813, after war broke out with Britain, Houston enlisted as a
private in the army. Even though his father had been a Major in the
Revolutionary War, Houston did not seek an officer's commission;
he instead chose to work his way up through the ranks. Houston was
soon promoted to Ensign of the infantry, and before the end of year,
he was promoted to Third Lieutenant.
In 1814, Houston served under Andrew
Jackson in the fight against
the Creeks, allies of the British, at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
It was at this battle that Houston distinguished himself. He refused
to stay out of the fight after being badly wounded, and he led an
attack on the Creek's defenses, receiving another near-fatal wound
before the battle was won. Houston's valiant behavior caught the
attention of Andrew Jackson, who became instrumental in developing
Houston's political career.
Randolph B. Campbell, Sam Houston and the American Southwest, ed.
Oscar Handlin (New York: Harper Collins, 1993).
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, accessed June, 2003.
The Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June, 2003.
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