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

Batteries Seven and Eight

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
Batteries Seven and Eight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. Batteries Seven and Eight Marker
Inscription. When the British attacked the American rampart during their reconnaisance in force on December 28, they almost succeeded in outflanking the rampart and capturing the American positions at this end of the line. The Americans responded by extending the rampart farther into the cypress swamp. This new section was defended by Kentucky militia, General John Coffee's Tennessee militia, and Captain Pierre Jugeant leading a group of Choctaw Indians. On January 8 the British concentrated their main attack here. According to tradition, Lieutenant Samuel Spotts of the Artillery Corps gave the order at Battery 7 to fire the battle's first shot.

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This engraving from about 1892 portrays the determination of the volunteer troops at the American rampart's swamp end.

Troops
Coffee's Tennessee militia
Jugeant's Company of Choctaw Volunteers
Kentucky militia
U.S. Artillery Corps

Artillery, Battery 7
Probably one six-pound canon and one 18-pound cannon (sources disagree)

Artillery, Battery 8
9½-inch howitzer or small cannon (sources disagree)
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 29° 56.73′ 
Chalmette Battlefield as viewed from Batteries Seven and Eight image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
2. Chalmette Battlefield as viewed from Batteries Seven and Eight
N, 89° 59.532′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Battlefield Rd) and Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Tour Loop Rd), on the left when traveling south on Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Battlefield Rd). Click for map. The Chalmette National Park Scenic Road, or Battlefield 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. Batteries 5 and 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries Five and Six (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kentucky Rifle (about 600 feet away); The Main Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pakenham's Fall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery Four (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle Ends (approx. 0.2 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 81 times since then and 3 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 August 24, 2016.
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