We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, and Google Checkout. Edit Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davy Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes.
Crockett and his friend George Russell fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives.
Edit Trivia Supporting actor Kenneth Today (Col. Jim Bowie) joined the cast in the second Davy Crockett release, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, as Mike Fink's right-hand man, Jock. Quotes Davy Crockett : Well, me and Russel are figuring on heading down Texas way.
After spending his life scouring the earth for memorabilia from the Battle of the Alamo, the Genesis singer appears to have finally completed his quest ... and is donating the trove to a Texas museum. The 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer joked he'd spent 'all the money that I made from music' on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans in 1836.
The series chronicled the frontier legend of Crockett, who eventually died as one of the defenders of the Alamo. 'I've had a love affair with this place since I was about 5 years old,' said Collins, who sweated in a button-down shirt and spectacles before a cheering crowd of dignitaries and tourists who gathered in front of the Alamo for the occasion.
Another important relic is Jim Bowie's famous knife with which he is reputed to have fought tirelessly, killing many Mexicans during the onslaught. In 2012, the year after he announced his retirement from music because of health problems caused by drumming, Collins wrote a 384-page book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey.
The 'last stand' at the Alamo on March 6, 1836, came after a small band of Americans held out for 13 days against the army of Mexican dictator General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The leaders of the group included Davy Crockett (pictured), already famous as a frontiersman, storyteller and crack shot, and James Bowie, known for his distinctive knife.
News of the resistance helped garner support among the rebels, who defeated Santa Anna's army at the Battle of San Jacinto amid cries of 'Remember the Alamo !' The legend was firmly established by the 1955 Disney TV show in which the hero was seen swinging an empty rifle as the hordes of Mexican soldiers closed in for the kill.
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Set your location here to get important notifications based on your area. By Myers Brown Storyteller, frontiersman, congressman, soldier, scout, “King of the WildFrontier, ” and “The Lion of the West” David “Davy” Crockett was born on this date in 1786 in Greene County.
He wears a dark suit, vest and necktie with a white collar that meets his jawline. The tavern experience possibly ingrained in young Crockett the importance and power of storytelling and lighted a flame of adventure.
Like so many Tennesseans of his era, Crockett decided to push south and westward, settling in Lincoln County in 1811. The attack on Fort Mims and the outbreak of the Creek War in August 1813 occurred while Crockett was living in Franklin County.
Assigned to General John Coffee, he served as a scout and often reconnoitered miles beyond the regular troops. Although operating a mill and holding several local offices, Crockett was noted for his long absences from home on extended hunting expeditions.
Nevertheless, he was affable and rode the wave of the rise of the common man to win election to the Tennessee General Assembly, serving two terms. Crockett stood alone among the Tennessee delegation in his opposition to the Indian Removal Act and viewed many of Jackson’s policies as being detrimental to the poor and middle class.
While in Congress, Crockett received national notoriety as a frontiersman and storyteller and served as the model for the lead character in the popular play, “The Lion of the West.” The play’s popularity prompted the publishing of two books detailing the life and adventures of Colonel David Crockett.
Unofficially he was discussed as a viable anti-Jackson candidate for the presidential election of 1836 and even toured the eastern states to garner support. Unfortunately for Crockett, his opposition to Jackson and his affiliation with the Whigs did not sit well with his constituents back in Gibson County, and he lost his reelection bid to Adam Huntsman.
Indeed, thanks to Walt Disney’s television series and two feature films, a coon skinned cap festooned character only slightly reflecting the real man made Davy Crockett perhaps the most recognizable Tennessean among Americans, especially elementary school aged boys. Thousands showed up to witness the mythical hero portrayed by Fess Parker as filming took place in Nashville in 1955.
With little formal education he rose to national prominence and, faced with almost certain death, he chose to fight. In addition to our online exhibit, the Library and Archives catalog has dozens of titles related to David Crockett.
Our Library for Accessible Books and Media (LAB) also has numerous titles related to Tennessee’s “King of the Wild Frontier, ” including a historical novel, Hearts of Hickory : A Story of Andrew Jackson & the War of 1812, by our former State Librarian, John Trot wood Moore. Visit the TSLA’s LAB section of our website to learn more about accessing this title and others in our collection.