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

Roads and Ditches

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
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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.

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This drawing from 1844 portrays the 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 St. Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette National Park Scenic Road (Tour Loop Rd) 0.4 miles east of Battlefield Road, on
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the left when traveling north. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chalmette LA 70043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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). Touch for a list and map 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
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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