SamHouston was at Shenandoah Valley, Timber Ridge. He was the fifth bornin a family of nine children. His father, a Major in the army, diedin September 1806, and his mother Mrs. Elizabeth decided to take thefamily to stay on a farm that was located in the state of Tennessee10 miles from where they were living (Strehlow, 2015). SamHuston was not happy with the idea of staying in the farm farming andtherefore decided to run away from the farm where he went to livewith Cherokees in the island of Hiwassee near Tennessee.
Hebriefly returned to his family in the year 1810 and later returned toCherokee where he was adopted by a particular chief known asOo-Loo-Te-Ka, and he was given an Indian name by the family that hadtaken him. He was named “The Raven.” After two years later, SamHouston returned to Tennessee where he opened and started operating aprivate school (Morley & Cohen 2015). The idea of running aprivate school proved to be successful, and he managed to offsetdebts that had proved to be a burden to him.
Inthe year 1813, Sam enrolled in a private army where he was later tobe promoted to Ensign, and eventually he became the third lieutenant.The battle of Horseshoe took place in 1812 and was led by Jacksonarmy that consisted of approximately 2,000 volunteers (Weiss, 2014).The war was a result of British encouraging the Native Americans tofight the United States. It was seen as a way of Natives retaliatingfrom the United States oppression. It was during the fight that SamHuston was severely wounded severally in the battle. Sam was socourageous that he was noticed by General Jackson, who later promotedhim to the position of the second lieutenant and was named the agentof Indian in Tennessee.
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