Saturday, January 8, 2011

Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

In December of 1814, British forces led by Sir Edward Pakenham landed at the lower Mississippi River.

The American Colonel Andrew Jackson established a defense in Chalmette, near New Orleans.

His outnumbered forces included US Army regulars, local militiamen, pirates, and free blacks.

On the 8th of January, 1815, the British attacked and were repelled, losing 2,036 of more than 10,000 men.

The Americans lost 71.

More on the history of the Battle of New Orleans at Pauline's Pirates and Privateers

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