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

The Battle Ends

 
 
The Battle Ends Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
1. The Battle Ends Marker
Inscription. 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 rampart, but found no fascines or ladders or help. They were quickly killed or captured. When their commander, Colonel Dale, was killed, the advance of the 93rd failed and the remaining troops retreated in disarray. Their withdrawal threw the rest of the British army into confusion and the men lost all sense of formation, retreating in terror and panic.


 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 29° 56.651′ N, 89° 59.355′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Chalmette Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Chalmette LA 70043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Battle Ends Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
2. The Battle Ends Marker
Pakenham’s arrival at the front line showed how desperate the British army’s situation was. As he tried to rally his men for another attack, an American rifleman shot him in the spine, mortally wounding him. (NPS)
walking distance of this marker. Pakenham's Fall (a few steps from this marker); The Main Attack (a few steps from this marker); “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmette National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries Seven and Eight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries 5 and 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries Five and Six (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmette Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is an illustration of the fighting showing some of the Highland regiments in action. On the left is a map showing the British movements on the battlefield, captioned Great Britain lost more than 2,000 men in an infantry action that lasted less than two hours.
 
Additional keywords. Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette Battlefield
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The death of Major General Pakenham image. Click for full size.
3. The death of Major General Pakenham
This engraving depicts the death of General Pakenham
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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