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Published on March 9th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Fort Jackson Soldiers run 100 miles to celebrate Centennial, honor 7th president

FORT JACKSON, SC – Nearly 120 Fort Jackson soldiers along with civilian participants will depart Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster, SC and then from designated check points along a 100-Mile route to Hilton Field on the post as part of a Centennial Run March 15.

The run is being held as part of Fort Jackson’s Centennial celebration and is kicking off at midnight, March 15 to honor Andrew Jackson’s, the fort’s namesake, birthday, March 15, 1767.  The state park was chosen as the start point because it is his birthplace.  The run is scheduled to end with a retreat ceremony at 5 p.m.

The 360 acre state park, which is celebrating Jackson’s 250th birthday, was established to honor the seventh president of the United States.  The museum tells the story of Jackson’s boyhood experiences during the Revolutionary War and highlights life in the South Carolina backcountry from Andrew Jackson’s birth in 1767 until he left South Carolina in 1784.

Jackson was catapulted to national hero status following his victory over British forces in the “Battle of New Orleans” in 1814, which was the final battle of the War of 1812.

Runners will be escorted along the 100 mile route by the SC Highway Patrol until they reach Richland County and then by the Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies.  The Columbia Police Department will assumed escort duties once the runners enter Columbia.
Residents along the route are encouraged to cheer on the soldiers as they pass through their local areas.

During the last 10 miles of the run spectators who wish to complete the run with the soldiers may join at the end of the formation.  People may also join at the 10K and 5K check points.  Anyone wishing to register to run may do so at the website:

Run link-up points & times (approximate)
*    2:40 p.m. – 10 mile start; University of South Carolina Indoor Soccer / Bull Street
*    3:25 p.m. – 10K Start; McDonalds Parking Lot, 4801 Garners Ferry Road
*    4:05 p.m. – 5K Start; intersection of Early and Marion Streets on Fort Jackson

The end of the run will be highlighted by a brief cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate Andrew Jackson’s Birthday, closing remarks from Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, the commanding general, and participation in a retreat ceremony supported by the post’s Honor Platoon and 282nd Army Band.

Little known Andrew Jackson facts:

Both North Carolina and South Carolina claim to be his birthplace.
The seventh president was born on March 15, 1767, but exactly where is disputed. The Waxhaws wilderness was so remote that the precise border between North and South Carolina had yet to be surveyed. In an 1824 letter, Jackson wrote that he had been told that he had been born in his uncle’s South Carolina home, and in his last will and testament he said he was born in South Carolina, but dueling historic markers in both states still claim to be the true locations of Jackson’s birthplace.

He was the only president to have been a former prisoner of war.
During the Revolutionary War, the 13-year-old Jackson joined the Continental Army as a courier. In April 1781, he was taken prisoner along with his brother Robert. When a British officer ordered Jackson to polish his boots, the future president refused. The infuriated Redcoat drew his sword and slashed Jackson’s left hand to the bone and gashed his head, which left a permanent scar. The British released the brothers after two weeks of ill treatment in captivity, and within days Robert died from an illness contracted during his confinement.

He was the target of the first attempted presidential assassination.
As Jackson was leaving the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 1835, following a memorial service for a congressman, a deranged house painter named Richard Lawrence fired a pistol at the president from just feet away. When Lawrence’s gun misfired, he pulled out a second weapon and squeezed the trigger. That pistol also misfired. An enraged Jackson charged Lawrence with his cane as the shooter was subdued. A subsequent investigation found the pistols to be in perfect working order. The odds of both guns misfiring were found to be 125,000 to 1.

Jackson nicknamed “Old Hickory”
Jackson’s soldiers nicknamed him “Old Hickory” during the War of 1812 because he was willing to suffer the same hardships as the average soldier.

He was a common man
Andrew Jackson was the first president who didn’t come from a wealthy family showing the American people that anyone can succeed.

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