27 Jan 2018

The Battle of New Orleans, Kettle Creek Event, Burning of Washington, and More

203 years ago this month, a courageous American army achieved one of the most decisive and impressive victories of the War of 1812.

On January 8, 1815, an outnumbered American force under the command of Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson confronted Maj. Gen. Edward Pakenhams powerful British army at the Chalmette Plantation, several miles southeast of New Orleans. Pakenham, like many of his soldiers, was a hardened veteran of Britain’s long struggle with Napoleon Bonaparte.

In spite of everything, it was the Americans who emerged victorious, in large part due to the skilled gunnery of American artillerists. When the smoke cleared, Jackson’s army had incurred minimal casualties, especially in comparison to the overwhelming losses suffered by the British.

Ironically, Jackson’s victory occurred after American and British had agreed to end the conflict with the Treaty of Ghent. Due to the slow rate at which information traveled before the invention of the telegraph, many Americans learned of the American victory before they learned of the peace treaty, granting the battle outsized importance in the public imagination and elevating Jackson’s political profile. It was at this battle where Jackson earned his famous nickname, “Old Hickory.”

The Site of the Battle of New Orleans

During the 100th anniversary of the NPS, we spoke with Lance Hatton, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Superintendent. The history of preserving the Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery demonstrates the impact local communities can have when they work to save the nation’s history.

Special Ceremony at Kettle Creek on February 12

Please join the Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776, Representative Jody Hice, legendary University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association and esteemed preservation leaders for a special ceremony announcing landmark battlefield preservation efforts at the Kettle Creek Battlefield!

Burning of Washington In4

On August 24, 1814, British soldiers sacked and burned Washington, DC, hoping to deliver the finishing blow of the War of 1812. Instead, this shocking act galvanized the United States and its capital city. The British vandals soon found themselves facing a re-energized and vengeful America.

War of 1812 Quiz

Do you know which Civil War general first became famous for his exploits in the War of 1812? Or which ship earned the nickname “Old Ironsides?” Take our quiz.

88 Acres at Osborne Hill

We now have a chance to save 88 acres at the Brandywine Battlefield, including Osborne Hill, from which British General Lord Charles Cornwallis is said to have observed the battle.  Save this land now to help preserve the memory of the brave patriots who gave their lives to create our nation.


American Battlefield Trust

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