“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chalmette in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Roads and Ditches

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Roads and Ditches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. Roads and Ditches Marker
Inscription. The battle took place on agricultural fields crisscrossed by drainage and irrigation ditches. British commander Sir Edward Pakenham probably launched his main attack from behind the cover of the First Ditch. Some troops advanced and later withdrew along the Center Road, a narrow dirt track that cut across the field toward the American rampart. The heaviest fighting was near the cypress swamp and the Double Ditch along its edge. After the battle, the First Ditch became the line of truce where the armies met for formal communications and to arrange burials. Traces of the road and ditches are still visible today.

This drawing from 1844 portrays a battle's aftermath, when troops from both sides assisted the wounded.
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 29° 56.4′ N, 89° 59.367′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette National Park Scenic Road (Tour Loop Rd) 0.4 miles east of Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The Chalmette National Park Scenic Road, or Tour Loop Road, is located 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. Lethal Exposure (within shouting distance of this marker); “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chalmette National Cemetery (about 700 feet away); British Batteries (about 800 feet away); Fazendeville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 93rd Oblique (approx. 0.2 miles away); British Strategy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle Ends (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chalmette.
Also see . . .  Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. War of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. 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 August 24, 2016.
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