Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Roads and Ditches
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
The battle took place on agricultural fields crisscrossed by drainage and irrigation ditches. British commander Sir Edward Pakenham probably launched his main attack from behind the cover of the First Ditch. Some troops advanced and later withdrew along the Center Road, a narrow dirt track that cut across the field toward the American rampart. The heaviest fighting was near the cypress swamp and the Double Ditch along its edge. After the battle, the First Ditch became the line of truce where the armies met for formal communications and to arrange burials. Traces of the road and ditches are still visible today.
This drawing from 1844 portrays the battle's aftermath, when troops from both sides assisted the wounded.
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° 59.367′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette 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. Lethal Exposure (within shouting distance of this marker); “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chalmette National Cemetery (about 700 feet away); British Batteries (about 800 feet away); Fazendeville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 93rd Oblique (approx. 0.2 miles away); British Strategy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Here We Honor Veterans Who Served Their Country (approx. ¼ mile 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 323 times since then and 20 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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