BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
On January 8, 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans - the closing engagement of the War of 1812. American forces, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase.
Pirates, Choctaw Indians, newly immigrated Haitians and a ragtag band of soldiers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky came together to defeat the British in 1815 during the Battle of New Orleans. The park commemorating the battle is just a 10 minute drive from downtown New Orleans.
1809 Non-Intercourse Act passed, Embargo Act repealed 1810 Macon's Bill No. 2, Fletcher v. Peck 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe 1812 War of 1812, Madison reelected, LA admitted to Union 1814 British burn Washington, DC, Hartford Convention 1815 Battle of New Orleans 1816 Second Bank of the United States, James Monroe elected
Louisiana State Museum
(Image: The Battle of New Orleans by Eugene Louis Lami, 1839) "The fighting in Louisiana was really a series of battles for New Orleans, lasting from December 1814 through January 1815....The American victory in the Gulf region forced the British to recognize United States claims to Louisiana and West Florida and to ratify the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war. The Battle of New Orleans also marked the state's political incorporation into the Union."
Peninsular War figures - antheadssite
Peninsular War figures - The 85th also took part in the American War of 1812, being part of the raiding force which captured Washington and burnt the White House. It was then at the disastrous battle of New Orleans, where it suffered heavy casualties but acquitted itself very well , withdrawing in good order