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Chalmette in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Battle on the West Bank

 
 
The Battle on the West Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa May 2007
1. The Battle on the West Bank Marker
Inscription. Discovering American militia and artillery on the west bank of the Mississippi River, British General Pakenham ordered Lieutenant Colonel William B. Thornton to lead an attack force across the river. Thorton was to capture the American guns and turn them against Major General Andrew Jackson’s line here on the East Bank.

The Americans under Brigadier General David B. Morgan made a stand, but they were routed, pursued, and their guns were taken. Fortunately for the Americans the British called off this engagement when they were defeated here on the left Bank. The American casualties numbered 49. This British reported losing 83 men.

The British assault of January 8, 1815, proved to be the only British victory. Had the successes on the West Bank been exploited, the Battle of New Orleans might have ended in a British victory.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 29° 56.461′ N, 89° 59.674′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road. Click for map. Marker is located on battlefield path. Marker is in this post office area: Chalmette LA 70043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Redoubt and Battery 1 (a few steps from this marker); Chalmet Plantation (a few steps from this marker); Batteries Two and Three (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Major Samuel Spotts U.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Bank Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack Along the River (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery One and Forward Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chalmette.
 
More about this marker. The marker features a map showing the course of troop movements in the battle and an illustration of Brigadier General David B. Morgan.
 
Additional keywords. Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette Battlefield
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,769 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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