Need a Battle of New Orleans refresher? The signs are everywhere

Need a Battle of New Orleans refresher? The signs are everywhere

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - If you're making a trip to the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery as part of the 200th anniversary celebration, don't forget to take a look out your car widow on your way down. There's plenty of signs of history you may pass that relates to the battle.

"Street names, the history of street names, is just an alternative way to view our history and realize how it's around us all day," Sally Asher, author of Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names, said.

From Louisiana Governor William C. C. Claiborne to the British Commander Edward Packenham and Jean Lafitte the Privateer, the streets of Greater New Orleans spell out the history of one of our nation's most important battles.

"There used to be, every year in the early 1900's during city council meetings, an ordinance to be like, 'hey, why don't we change this to number streets? It'd be much more easier to navigate' and somebody famous said, 'well, what does W. 52nd street mean to us? It means nothing,'" Asher said.

Now, Asher said nearly all of the streets mean something. Some are more obvious, such as Jackson Avenue named after Major General and then President Andrew Jackson, to the less revered such as Commodore Daniel Patterson.

"Andrew Jackson as being the quarterback - while he only made the touchdown because of Patterson's blocking," Asher explained.

Another street is named after William Carroll, who fought with Jackson and later became Tennessee Governor.

"He kind of fought in the middle ground - some of the most intense fighting with Jackson. We named Carrollton after him."

Though the signs are there, the meaning is lost on some who walk along historically named streets.

"North Villerie, yeah, but I don't know too much about this street," Jerome Foster, who was walking along N. Villerie in Treme on Tuesday, said.

"Villerie, who was one of our first native born governors, his plantation was the place where the British camped out for the battle of 1815," Asher said.

"To be honest no, I've never heard of that. So that street was named after him? My guess is a lot of people don't know that," Foster said.

Many may not know, but they can learn by taking a quick ride around the city.

"Just kind of look around. There's memories everywhere. There's monuments, there's street names, there's sculptures that all honor the battle of 1815," Asher said.

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