NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Thursday, January 8 marks the 206th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
The Battle of New Orleans was one of the most decisive victories by an American army over a much larger British force during the War of 1812.
The opening shots rang out as Great Britain and the United States were signing a treaty in Ghent, Belgium that ended the conflict.
In 2015, 1,500 military reenactors marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans at the site of the battle, Chalmette Battlefield.
It was at the Chalmette battlefield that U.S. General Andrew Jackson assembled a force of 1,000 Army regulars along with several thousand militia from Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana, pirate Jean Lafitte’s Baratarians and local volunteers.
British ships arrived in Lake Borgne and more than 8,000 British troops landed in the marshes east of New Orleans. When Jackson learned of the British’s arrivals, he immediately launched a daring night attack on Christmas Eve.
The bloody hand-to-hand battle stunned the British invaders and gave Jackson and his troops time to dig in behind a canal.
There was a total of five engagements between the British and American forces that ended with an overwhelming American victory on the battlefield in Chalmette. A series of delays, miscalculations and mistakes sealed the British’s tragic fate.
The British suffered more than 2,000 casualties. British commander General Edward Packenham was among those killed. Americans lost about 60 troops in the battle.
To watch Dave McNamara’s “Miracle on the Mississippi” and “Front Lines of Victory: A Historic Reenactment” visit https://heartoflouisiana.com/battle-of-new-orleans/.
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