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

Battery Four

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
Battery Four Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. Battery Four Marker
Inscription.  Battery 4 boasted the rampart's largest gun, a 32-pound naval cannon manned by sailors from the USS Carolina, which had been sunk by British fire on December 27, 1814. During the Battle of New Orleans, the big gun tore gaping holes in the ranks of the advancing 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot. To the left, the American line was defended by the 44th U.S. Infantry and by militia from Daquin's Second Free Colored Battalion, men who had emigrated from Saint-Domingue because of the Haitian Revolution. The First Free Colored Battalion, positioned to the right, was descended from the city's colonial Spanish colored militias.

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This engraving from about 1892 shows the diversity of Jackson's troops though the rampart is inaccurately drawn as a curving wall of cotton bales.

Troops
14th U.S. Infantry
Daquin's Second Free Colored Battalion
Lacoste's First Free Colored Battalion
USS Carolina sailors

Artillery, Battery 2
32-pound naval cannon
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department
Battery Four image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
2. Battery Four
of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
 
Location. 29° 56.582′ N, 89° 59.618′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in St. Bernard Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Battlefield Rd) and Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Tour Loop Rd), on the left when traveling south on Chalmette National Park Scenic Rd (Battlefield Rd). 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. 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. Battery 4 (a few steps from this marker); Chalmette Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chalmette Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rodriguez Plantation and Macarty House (about 500 feet away); Rodriguez Canal (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Rodriguez Canal (about 500 feet away); Batteries 2 and 3 (about 600 feet away); Batteries Five and Six (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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2. Andrew Jackson and the Free Men of Color. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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May. 28, 2020