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

Pakenham's Fall

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
Pakenham's Fall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. Pakenham's Fall Marker
Inscription. As the attack began to fail, British commander Sir Edward Pakenham rode forward to rally his troops. Under intense fire, both Pakenham and his horse were hit less than 40 yards from the American line. He quickly mounted an aide's horse but was shot again, this time mortally wounded. Second-in-command Major General Sir Samuel Gibbs was also killed; third-in-command Major General John Keane was severely wounded. Although some British soldiers advanced as far as the canal and rampart, the relentless American fire killed hundreds. To continue fighting was futile. The battle for New Orleans was over.

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Pakenham's death is shown as a turning point in the battle in this Eugene Louis Lami painting from about 1840.

Pakenham's success during the Napoleonic Wars in Europe was rewarded with medals, honors, and the command of land forces against the United States.
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 29° 56.657′ N, 89° 59.362′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Tour Loop Road 0.2 miles from Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The Chalmette National Park
The Main Attack & Packenham's Fall Markers image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
2. The Main Attack & Packenham's Fall Markers
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. The Main Attack (here, next to this marker); The Battle Ends (a few steps from this marker); “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries Seven and Eight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmette National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries 5 and 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries Five and Six (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kentucky Rifle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chalmette.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Sir Edward Pakenham. (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 165 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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