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

Batteries Two and Three

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
Batteries Two and Three Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. Batteries Two and Three Marker
Inscription. Sailors from the USS Carolina and Jean Lafitte's Baratarian pirates manned the cannons at Batteries 2 and 3. General Andrew Jackson had once described the Baratarians as "hellish banditti," but now their artillery experience was invaluable. Dominique Youx and Renato Beluche, allies of Jean Lafitte, led the Baratarians. There is no evidence that Jean Lafitte himself was at the battle. Batteries 2 and 3 were crucial in turning back the British attack along the river. To the left of these batteries were local militias: one made up of free men of color, the other of Irish immigrants and members of the French Creole elite.

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This engraving from about 1850 shows American Major General Andrew Jackson behind the American lines; he spent the battle to the right of Plauche's battalion near Battery Three.

Troops
Jean Lafitte's Baratarian pirates
Lacoste's Firt Free Colored Battalion
Plauche's Uniformed Battalion of Orleans Volunteers
USS Carolina sailors

Artillery, Battery 2
24-pound naval cannon

Artillery, Battery 3
Two 24-pound naval cannons
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 29° 56.467′ N, 89° 59.683′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Road and Tour Loop Road. Click for map. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road within the Chalmette Battlefield portion of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. 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. Chalmet Plantation (here, next to this marker); The Battle on the West Bank (a few steps from this marker); Redoubt and Battery 1 (within shouting distance of 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); Rodriguez Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Chalmette.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Batteries 2 and 3". (Submitted on August 24, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017.
 
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