But the line on his resume that amuses me the most is that he decisively defeated the British at New Orleans -- about two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent had already ended the War of 1812. (Did I mention that Twitter had not been invented yet?)
And for all of you who learned “how a bill becomes law” from Schoolhouse Rock: Chances are pretty good that your parents learned a lot of what they know about American history from Johnny Horton (who also recorded “Johnny Reb,” “Sink the Bismark,” and “North to Alaska,” among others).
From 1959, here's the Grammy-winning “Battle of New Orleans,” written by Jimmy Driftwood and performed by Horton:
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