Davy Crockett: The Forgotten History of the King of the Wild Frontier & the Battle of the Alamo

Davy Crockett

I bark at no man’s bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is.

David Hawkins Stern Crockett, fondly remembered as Davy Crockett, was born in eastern Tennessee to pioneer parents on August 17, 1786. Like many settlers of the time, the Crockett family continually pushed West, blazing into new territory (a trend Davy would continue to do with his own family) and by the time Davy was 12, the family had moved three times and was living in western Tennessee.

Known as an honest and hardworking boy with a good sense of humor, Davy learned to shoot with his father around age eight and enjoyed joining his older brother on hunting trips.

The boy who would become known as “King of the Wild Frontier” ran away from home at the age of 13, after getting in a fight at school almost immediately after he was enrolled. Not wanting to face the wrath of his father, or retaliation from the class bully he fought, Davy went on his own, taking up odd jobs including working as a farmer, cattle-driver, and hatter.

At 15, Davy returned home and indentured himself, more than once, to pay off his father’s debts. Unbeknownst to the country boy, young Davy’s humble beginnings were leading him down roads that would twist through politics, battlefields, and America’s heart – turning him into a folk hero of mythical proportions.

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