Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Rodriguez Plantation and Macarty House
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Rodriguez and Macarty plantations served as the American camp during the Battle of New Orleans. Major General Andrew Jackson used the upper floors of the Macarty house as his headquarters and observation post, allowing him to monitor British movements and relay orders to his forces. The American rampart was built on the neighboring Rodriguez plantation. The Rodriguez house served as quarters and an artillery observation post. Both properties suffered heavy damage, partially from artillery fire but primarily because the Americans cleared vegetation to set up camp and used wood from fences and buildings to construct defenses.
Jean Hyacinthe Laclotte served on the American side of at the battle. In this detail from his famous circa 1840 painting, the Rodriguez house is surrounded by American tents; the Macarty house and its formal gardens are nearby.
Benson Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 shows the Macarty house in 1861.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 29° 56.48′ N, 89° 59.673′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Road and Tour Loop Road. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road 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. Chalmet Plantation (a few steps from this marker); Batteries Two and Three (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries 2 and 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodriguez Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rodriguez Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Bank Assault (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery One and Forward Redoubt (about 300 feet away); Attack Along the River (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
Also see . . . Chalmette Battlefield. NPS Jean Lafitte National Historical Park (Submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,094 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2023, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.