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

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

The 93rd Oblique

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The 93rd Oblique Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. The 93rd Oblique Marker
Inscription.  As the main attack on the swamp end of the American line began to falter, British commander Sir Edward Pakenham ordered Major General John Keane to redirect British forces from the river road assault to help. Nearly a thousand soldiers of the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Dale moved diagonally across the battlefield. It was a desperate maneuver, leaving the 93rd exposed to heavy fire. When confusion among the advancing British troops forced the 93rd to halt in front of the American line, cannonballs and grapeshot rained down, wounding Keane and killing over half the regiment's men, including Dale.

Although nearly every detail in this 1910 E. Percy Moran painting is historically inaccurate, it does dramatize the courage and discipline required for the 93rd's obliques (diagonal) march across the battlefield.
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 29° 
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56.418′ N, 89° 59.541′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette National Park Scenic Road (Tour Loop Rd) 0.2 miles east of Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling east. 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. British Strategy (a few steps from this marker); Fazendeville (within shouting distance of this marker); British Batteries (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Battle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Malus-Beauregard House (about 600 feet away); Redoubt and Battery 1 (about 700 feet away); Batteries 2 and 3 (about 700 feet away); The Battle on the West Bank (about 700 feet 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 16 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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Jul. 7, 2020