Jackson was only nine years old when the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadel

Jackson was only nine years old when the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadel

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Jackson was only nine years old when the Founders signed the Declaration of  Independence in Philadelphia. It was several years, however, before the war of  independence would reach the Southern colonies. In 1780, the British launched an  invasion of South Carolina and captured Charleston on May 12. Groups of soldiers and  Tory sympathizers began to loot and pillage the countryside. Three hundred soldiers  under the command of Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton leveled much of the Waxhaws  settlement, surprising a force of several hundred American patriots and killing more than  hundred of them. The massacre sparked widespread outrage, as many bodies were  mutilated and some had suffered more than a dozen wounds. The approximately 150  wounded were put up in the Waxhaw church, where residents, including the Jackson  family, tended to the wounds and administered first aid. After the Waxhaw massacre, 
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