“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Jordan B. Noble

"Old Jordon" (1800-1890)


— Drummer, Veteran of Four American Wars —

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By TeamOHE, December 24, 2018
1. Jordan B. Noble Marker
Inscription.  "On the memorable plains of Chalmette the rattle of his drum was heard amidst the din of battle."
Daily Picayune, June 21, 1890

Jordan Noble was born in Georgia, October 14, 1800. An emancipated slave, he served a combined 9 years and 9 months in service to the country. At age 14, he served in the Battle of New Orleans (1815) under General Andrew Jackson as Drummer Boy - the only person of color in the United States 7th Regiment. His drumming was described as a “guidepost for the Americans in the hell of fire” and he received a personal compliment from General Jackson. He later served in the Everglades of Florida (1817) and in the Mexican-American War as musician of the First Regiment of Louisiana Volunteers (1847).

He was frequently called on to recreate his drum roll at events around the city. In 1854, he drummed the reveille at a commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans held at the St. Charles Theater. In 1863, during the Civil War, he organized a Black command under General Benjamin Butler. In 1864, he was a platform guest in Congo Square during the city's Emancipation Celebration. In 1865,
Jordan B. Noble Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, December 24, 2018
2. Jordan B. Noble Marker
he was the Fourth District Representative for the Abraham Lincoln memorial service in Congo Square. In 1876, he was presented the national badge of the Veterans of the Mexican-American War and granted full membership in the Society. In 1884, he beat his drum at the Worlds Fair in New Orleans. He died on June 20, 1890, at home on Dryades St. between Seventh and Eighth Streets and was survived by three children.
Erected 2001 by Friends of New Orleans Cemeteries.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812War, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil.
Location. 29° 57.583′ N, 90° 4.55′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Claiborne Avenue and Iberville Street. Located in Saint Louis Cemetery No. 2. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sisters Of The Holy Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Marie C. Couvent (within shouting distance of this marker); Oscar James Dunn (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Andre Caillioux (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duplantier-Peniston Tomb
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(about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bernard de Marigny (approx. ¼ mile away); In the Protestant Section (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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