Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The West Bank Assault
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
On December 25, 1814, American Major General Andrew Jackson began fortifying the Mississippi River's west bank. By January 8 it was defended by nearly a thousand Kentucky and Louisiana militiamen and several artillery batteries, some armed with cannons from the American fleet. British commander Sir Edward Pakenham recognized the dangers these guns posed to his troops on the east bank and included an attack on these positions in his battle plans. Delays in the west bank assault resulted in a British victory that came too late to salvage the disastrous British defeat on the east bank. No traces of these batteries remain today.
The scene on the west bank may have been very much like this detail from Dennis Malone Carter's 1856 painting of the Battle of New Orleans.
85th (Bucks Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
Royal Marines Royal Navy
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 25, 1814.
Location. 29° 56.442′ N, 89° 59.702′ 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. Attack Along the River (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Major Samuel Spotts U.S.A. (a few steps from this marker); Battery One and Forward Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); Chalmet Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries Two and Three (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle on the West Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Redoubt and Battery 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Malus-Beauregard House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
Also see . . . Chalmette Battlefield. NPS Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve website entry (Submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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