Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
To support their attacks, the British built several artillery batteries, shown in red on the map. The largest was the Advanced Battery with 10 cannons behind a low rampart of earth filled sugar casks and rammed earth. Built near the center of what is now the cemetery, it suffered heavy damage during the January 1 artillery duel and was abandoned. Two batteries held Congreve rockets. The rockets were designed to shower shrapnel and explosives down on enemy troops when fired overhead, but they were difficult to aim so were mostly ineffective. The Forward Battery became a redoubt, a defensive structure to protect sentries.
"The bombs bursting in air" sent a shower of shrapnel on troops below, as shown in this woodcut from the middle 1800s.
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 29° 56.4′ N, 89° 59.517′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish 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. Fazendeville (a few steps from this marker); The 93rd Oblique (within shouting distance of this marker); British Strategy (within shouting distance of this marker); Lethal Exposure (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); After the Battle (about 700 feet away); Chalmette Battlefield And National Cemetery (about 800 feet away); The Malus-Beauregard House (about 800 feet away); Roads and Ditches (about 800 feet away). 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 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 18 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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