Sunday, January 11, 2015

Battle of New Orleans 200 -- January 11, 2015

Library of Congress, LC-USZC2-3796.

January 8 was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last battle of the War of 1812.  The Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, had been signed on 24-December-1814, but it took a long time for news to get across the Atlantic. 

The British attached American earthworks at Chalmette Plantation.  Two heavy assaults left the British commander dead.  291 British soldiers died and 13 American. 

General Andrew Jackson was the hero of the day. 

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