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Milhouse05 Sep 2016 9:46 a.m. PST

So in the two film versions of The Buccaneer, Andrew Jackson has aide named Ezra Peavey. Is he a real historical figure or a Hollywood contrivance ?

The Gray Ghost05 Sep 2016 10:08 a.m. PST

a Hollywood contrivance

Milhouse05 Sep 2016 12:11 p.m. PST

It shows up in BOTH films though. I always figured it was made up but then there he is played by Walter Brennan in the Fredrich March version .

RudyNelson05 Sep 2016 8:32 p.m. PST

Jackson was regarded as part of the upper class in Tenn. he would not have had an aide of lower class like Peavy. During the Creek War campaign of the previous year, he had several regular officers as aides. It was not unusual to have regular officers as commanders of local militia units in territories. Regular officers fought in several battles including Fort Mims. These local officers would have been many of his aides.
One aide Blue was assigned the task of chasing Hostile Creeks into Florida as they tried to hide with the Seminoles.

attilathepun4705 Sep 2016 10:56 p.m. PST

Cecil B. DeMille's two movies called "The Buccaneer" were based on a novel called "Lafitte the Pirate," by one Lyle Saxon, so it is quite possible that the author, rather than the Hollywood machine, was responsible for the character of Peavey. Older historical novels were frequently mostly works of imagination, with little effort to seriously research the historical background. Of course Hollywood seldom cared either.

Milhouse07 Sep 2016 8:58 a.m. PST

Thanks guys!

RudyNelson12 Sep 2016 5:40 p.m. PST

I think that Jackson had a lot of trust in his cavalry commander.

Gimbrail14 Mar 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

Do you mean Thomas Hinds for Pensacola and New Orleans? They did indeed become friends.

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