Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Attack Along the River
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
British plans for a three-pronged attack included capturing the river end of the American rampart. On the morning of January 8, British Major General John Keane sent advance troops with Colonel Robert Rennie along the river road to attack the redoubt. Meanwhile, British commander Sir Edward Pakenham ordered Keane to lead most of his force across the field to support the main attack by the swamp. Though Rennie's troops captured the redoubt, fierce American counterattacks pushed them back, inflicting heavy losses and killing Rennie. The Americans recaptured the redoubt, ending the attack along the river.
This engraving from about 1820 shows British troops using ladders to cross the canal and to climb the redoubt and rampart walls.
1st West India Regiment
7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
43rd (Monmouth Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical War of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1815.
Location. 29° 56.438′ N, 89° 59.704′ 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. The West Bank Assault (a few steps from this marker); Battery One and Forward Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Major Samuel Spotts U.S.A. (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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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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