Governor Willie Blount

Governor Willie Blount

Governor Willie Blount

Willie Blount’s (whose first name was pronounced “Wiley”) support of the war effort gave rise to Tennessee’s nickname “The Volunteer State.” During the first few months of the war, he struggled with a lack of communication with the War Department as he awaited permission to order the militia (led by an impatient Andrew Jackson) south to New Orleans. Following the Fort Mims massacre in 1813, a call to arms issued by Blount was met by 3,500 volunteers.(During the War of 1812 Blount led the initiative to raise over thirty-seven thousand dollars in funds and two thousand volunteer soldiers. These were divided into two divisions led by Jackson of the West Tennessee Militia and John Cocke of the East Tennessee Militia, and ordered south to suppress the hostile Creek tribes.

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