Of all the tokens of appreciation governments sent him after the Battle of New Orleans, a small gold box, about the size of a deck of cards, was one of only five Jackson mentioned in his will. The snuff box was recently returned to Jackson’s home, but for years, it seemed the box might never leave the Hermitage at all.
The engraved box was a high honor bestowed on Jackson by the City of New York. It named him one of the nation’s greatest heroes.
It came with the freedom of the city, which was basically kind of making him a temporary citizen.