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St. Bernard Parish Markers
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?”
When the assault on the American rampart reached its height, the main British attack force found itself in front of the 44th Regiment which should have been in lead. Discovering that Colonel Mullens and the 44th Regiment had advanced 500 yards beyond the sugar can bundles (fascines) and ladders stored for their use. Major General Gibbs immediately ordered Mullens to return with his men to the rear and retrieve their equipment. Mullens disappeared, and only some of his regiment returned to the . . . — Map (db m6248) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Batteries 2 and 3
On January 8, 1815, the guns positioned here fired at British counter batteries located almost ½ mile in front of you. During the battle, these guns caused heavy casualties as the British advanced along the levee road. The troops attacking to the right of this position numbered about 1200 men commanded by Colonel Robert Rennie of the 93rd Regiment. To the left were 355 men of Major Jean Baptiest Plauche’s Battalion of Uniformed Companies and 282 members of Major Lacoste’s Battalion of . . . — Map (db m6218) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Batteries 5 and 6
Fire from these positions played an important role in stopping the British attack on January 8, 1815. The cannons displayed hers represent batteries 5 and 6, which defended the center of Major general Jackson’s line. The field carriages were painted in U.S. Army regulation colors- sky blue and black. Battery 6 contained guns mounted on a more compact mobile naval carriage. These carriages were painted in U.S Navy regulation “Spanish red” and black. Artillery at New Orleans . . . — Map (db m6271) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Battery 4
The largest artillery piece on the battlefield was a 32-pounder commanded by Navy Lt. John Crawley and served by 24 men from the U.S.S. Carolina. It was removed from the Carolina in early December and was in action here during the January 1, 1815 artillery duel. Struck by British artillery fire, the cannon was quickly repaired and ready for action on January 8. This gun, firing grapeshot and landiage (scrap metal), tore gaping holes in the 93rd Highlanders as they moved across the . . . — Map (db m6273) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — British Strategy
Major general Edward Pakenham’s final plan was to charge Major General Jackson’s position before daylight, to reduce the effectiveness of American artillery fire. The plan was complicated and depended on split-second timing and coordination. The British attack force was divided into four major groups: Lt. Colonel Thornton would take the 85th Regiment across the Mississippi River and capture David Morgan’s line on the West Bank. Major General Samuel Gidds would attack near the cypress swamp, . . . — Map (db m6243) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Chalmette Monument
[Main Marker]: This monument was erected by the State of Louisiana and the United States to commemorate the memorable victory won here by General Andrew Jackson and the men under his command in the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. The cornerstone was laid on January 8, 1840. Construction of the monument began in 1855 and was carried to a height of 55 feet with funds provided by the State of Louisiana. In 1908 the monument was completed with funds provided by Congress. In . . . — Map (db m59218) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — In Memory of Major Samuel Spotts U.S.A.
Who shot the first gun at the Battle of New Orleans Jan 8, 1815. Third Regiment Seventh Battery Artillery Corp. Born Nov 30, 1788 in New Orleans Louisiana. — Map (db m6222) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Lethal Exposure
The January 8 British plan proved easier conceived than to execute. Due to numerous delays, the attack did not start on time. About dawn, a rocket soared above the British lines near the woods on you right, followed by another rocket from their position near the river. These signals to attack were answered almost instantly by a shot from the American artillery. Major general Gibbs column gave three cheers, and the advance guard on both flanks moved in close order toward the rampart. When the . . . — Map (db m6244) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Redoubt and Battery 1
The main American Position was nearing completion when a redoubt was constructed at the extreme right of the American line. It contained two artillery pieces that could rake the levee and canal. On the morning of January 5, 1815, 2000 British troops under the command of Colonel Robert Rennie attacked the redoubt and forced the Americans to retire. They quickly counterattacked and the British retreated after a brief fight. Failure to penetrate the American Flank contributed to the overall British defeat. — Map (db m6219) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Rodriguez Canal
This depression is the trace of an early mill race that divided the Chalmette and Macarty plantations, by the time of the Battle of New Orleans it was no longer in use and its banks had fallen in. Jackson’s men built their mud rampart behind the canal. Partly filled with water, it added to the strength of the American line. This is the only man-made feature dating back to the battle of January 8, 1815. — Map (db m6223) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — The Battle Ends
Seeing the massive disorder in Major General Gibbs’ column, Major General Pakenham rode forward. While attempting to rally his troops and get the stalled attack underway, Pakenham was mortally wounded a few yards from this site. Major General Keane, commanding the British near the river; sent the 93rd Highlanders to lead a second assault. They crossed the field, moving towards Gibbs’ troops on the British right.This regiment was decimated with grapeshot and musket fire. A few men reached the . . . — Map (db m6251) HM
Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish), Chalmette — The Battle on the West Bank
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 . . . — Map (db m6221) HM
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