The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory
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The Battle of New Orleans was the climactic battle of America's "forgotten war" of 1812. Andrew Jackson led his ragtag corps of soldiers against 8,000 disciplined invading British regulars in a battle that delivered the British a humiliating military defeat. The victory solidified America's independence and marked the beginning of Jackson's rise to national prominence. Hailed as "terrifically readable" by the Chicago Sun Times, The Battle of New Orleans is popular American history at its best, bringing to life a landmark battle that helped define the character of the United States.
rowing a tremendous distance to reach the landing site, and that made little sense because of the guns mounted at Fort Petites Coquilles. The easiest and best route to the city therefore had to be discarded. After several consultations the commanding officers finally decided to land at the extreme western end of Lake Borgne at a place called Bayou Bienvenu, which drained the area east of New Orleans into the lake, a place both Cochrane and General Keene agreed was probably now the only feasible
quickly but soon died out, and ate his last morsel of salt pork.12 The troops bivouacked along the rim of the lake, a line of outposts was drawn, and orders went out for the men to make themselves comfortable, which only brought howls of derision. They had no shelter and few provisions. In fact, they were starving. For two days men made do with “crumbs of biscuit and a small allowance of rum.” A flotilla of boats in the lake already loaded with the black corps and the 44th had a distance of
retained some of its European flavor, evolved into the America we know today. And clearly the Battle of New Orleans played an important role in that evolution. It was one of the great defining moments in the history of the republic. Notes CHAPTER 1: THE WAR IN THE SOUTH 1. Remark of Castlereagh in Paris, mid-December 1814, in Alexander Walker, Jackson and New Orleans (New York, 1956), p. 58. 2. John Lewis Thomson, Historical Sketches of the Late War Between the United States and Great Britain
A Narrative Based on the Original Documents,” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society L (October 1940). Except for those of Jackson, there are not many biographies of the leading characters in this momentous event. But the general himself has had his life narrated by each succeeding generation of historians who find him both fascinating and controversial. The earliest study, by John Reid and John H. Eaton, and that by James Parton a little over forty years later, both cited above, each
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