Tony Turnbow 

Tony L. Turnbow is the author of Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life that reveals new details of Jackson’s command of the original Tennessee Volunteers. Mr. Turnbow spent seven years tracking down unpublished documents to tell the story of Jackson’s first military command. He discovered that Andrew Jackson became "Old Hickory" through his fight with the general in command of the U.S. Army. That general was also a spy for an enemy power. As Jackson led an expedition of mainly teenage soldiers down the Mississippi River and Natchez Trace to overtake the spy, Jackson was forced to choose between facing a firing squad or abandoning his young Tennessee Volunteers to die. Chickasaw and Choctaw nations helped rescue Jackson’s soldiers and career. The book reveals a more human side of Jackson than has often been portrayed. It also explains events that transformed Jackson into the man known as general and president. The author has studied the history of the Old Natchez Trace for more than 30 years. He practices law in Franklin, Tennessee. With a Bachelor of Arts concentrated in southern U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Turnbow has continued to use his training to explore unpublished primary sources about the Natchez Trace. Mr. Turnbow has authored articles in historical journals. He has also written a full-length play about the mysterious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Mr. Turnbow is past-president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, and he serves on the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc. Board of Trustees. Kirkus Reviews calls Hardened to Hickory “An impressive combination of scrupulous scholarship and powerful storytelling.”
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