Andrew Jackson’s Walking Stick
By Sharon Workman
This second one sure qualifies as a "family legend" as I cannot
prove its authenticity, but knowing some of the principals, I believe it without
My grandmother (Bernice Bauman Workman 1882-1955) gave her oldest
son, my father (Floyd Workman 1903-1997) a primitive walking stick, clearly
fashioned by hand. I have it now. It looks very old. The story is that it was
made by Andrew Jackson in 1815 during the Battle of New Orleans and passed from
one person to another until it came into the possession of my grandmother's
father, Samuel Henry Bauman 1855-1955.
Along with the walking stick, she gave my dad a small thick
paper, looking something like heavy cardboard, measuring about 2 inches wide by
4 inches long. On it, in very old looking script and ink was what I recognized
to be my grandmother's handwriting. It was the provenance of the walking
stick. It reads....
sprout which Andrew Jackson cut on the battle field of New Orleans 1815 which he
carried and gave to a friend in Baltimore who gave it to his friend Henry Kiek
Utica Iowa who presented it to S. H. Bauman Birmingham, IA. This battle was
fought after peace had been declared.
Of course, she was right about the battle happening after the
peace. Shows her education, and how important it was to her.
Too bad that friend in Baltimore that received the walking stick
from Jackson was unnamed. Otherwise, we could trace out the course of it and
give it more credibility.