Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Batteries Five and Six
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Although the middle of the American line never faced a direct attack, its defenders inflicted many of the British casualties suffered during the battle. The cannons here were in an ideal position to fire on the main British force advancing against the rampart's swamp end. To the left were Tennesseans led by Major General William Carroll, who succeeded Andrew Jackson as head of the Tennessee militia. The Kentucky militia led by General John Adair reinforced this section; nearly a third of these men had arrived in New Orleans without weapons or winter clothes but had been outfitted by the city's residents.
The British called the Tennessee and Kentucky militias "dirty shirts" because instead of wearing proper uniforms, the militiamen wore homespun clothing colored with homemade dyes as seen in this 1867 picture.
Carroll's Tennessee militia
U.S. Artillery Corps
Artillery, Battery 5
Artillery, Battery 6
12- or 18-pound cannon (sources disagree)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 29° 56.68′ N, 89° 59.555′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Battlefield Rd), 0.1 miles south of Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Tour Loop Rd), on the left when traveling south. 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. Batteries Seven and Eight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle Of New Orleans 200th Anniversary (about 600 feet away); Battery Four (about 700 feet away); Chalmette Battlefield And National Cemetery (about 700 feet away); U.S. Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louisiana Militia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mississippi Militia (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Navy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
More about this marker. The Chalmette National Park Scenic Road, or Battlefield Road, is located within the Chalmette Battlefield portion of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
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 13, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 2. submitted on January 13, 2023, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 3. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.