Sunday, January 8, 2017

Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812



On December 24, 1814, Great Britain and the United States signed a treaty in Ghent, Belgium that effectively ended the War of 1812. News was slow to cross the pond and on January 8, 1815, the two sides met in what is remembered as one of the conflict’s biggest and most decisive engagements. 
In the bloody Battle of New Orleans, future President Andrew Jackson and a motley assortment of militia fighters, frontiersmen, slaves, Indians and even pirates weathered a frontal assault by a superior British force, inflicting devastating casualties along the way, the British suffered over two thousand casualties (killed, wounded and captured), the Americans suffered fewer than fifty. 
The victory vaulted Jackson to national stardom, and helped foil plans for a British invasion of the American frontier.