Battle rages in Chalmette all weekend in celebration of bicentennial

Battle rages in Chalmette all weekend in celebration of bicentennial

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - History came roaring back to life Friday night in Chalmette, where visitors got a realistic look at what fighting was like 200 years ago between British and American troops.

Dave McNamara shows us.

Reenactors and spectators are getting the real feel for what it was like 200 years ago when the battle of New Orleans was fought in freezing, wet weather. Tonight, we saw the first of five battles that will play out on this Chalmette field over the weekend.

About 1,500 troops, a mixture of American and British, are spending a cold week preparing to battle. Tonight, in the first battle, Andrew Jackson launched a surprise attack on the British camp.

The reenactors, all in authentic War of 1812 uniforms, are a multi-national group.

I'm from London, Ontario, Canada, and I've been a reenactor for nie on 10 years now," said Kevin Garrett. "And we have been participating for the last three years in the bicentennial battles for the War of 1812 to 14. That's involved travel all over Southern Canada and the northern United States, and this is kind of the last hurrah, the last battle that was fought between the British forces and the American forces during the war."

"It's quite a spectacular sight - the largest reenactment ever of the Battle of New Orleans or any other battle from the War of 1812. And it will be playing out here in Chalmette all weekend.

This Sunday night, be sure to join Dave McNamara for a special, expanded look at the events in Chalmette to mark the bicentennial of the battle.

Look for that at 10:15 p.m. immediately following an abbreviated edition of FOX 8 News at 10 p.m.

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