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

British Strategy

 
 
British Strategy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
1. British Strategy Marker
Inscription. Major general Edward Pakenhamís final plan was to charge Major General Jacksonís position before daylight, to reduce the effectiveness of American artillery fire. The plan was complicated and depended on split-second timing and coordination.

The British attack force was divided into four major groups:

Lt. Colonel Thornton would take the 85th Regiment across the Mississippi River and capture David Morganís line on the West Bank.

Major General Samuel Gidds would attack near the cypress swamp, use fascines (bundles of cane) and ladders to bridge the Rodriguez Canal, and strike the American rampart in the vicinity of Batteries 7 and 8.

Major general John Keane would conduct a demonstration and feint toward the river, to attract the fire of the heavier American guns.

Lt. Colonel Rennie would advance simultaneously along the riverbank below the levee and spike the guns in the redoubt on the American right. For complete success, the plan required Pakenhamís command to move decisively, surprising the Americans at the ramparts before any firing occurred.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 29° 56.423′ N, 89° 59.546′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish
A view of the American defenses from the British strategy marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
2. A view of the American defenses from the British strategy marker
Seeing Gibbsís assault falter near the cypress swamp, Gen. John Keane, commanding part of the British reserves, led the 93rd Highlanders across these fields, exposing them to a broadside fire from the American lines. (NPS)
. Marker is on Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Chalmette Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Chalmette LA 70043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 93rd Oblique (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); The Battle on the West Bank (about 700 feet away); Rodriguez Plantation and Macarty House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is an illustration titled Battle of New Orleans and Death of Major General Edward Pakenham. On the lower left is a map showing the British dispositions.
 
Additional keywords. Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette Battlefield
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The 93rd Highlanders assault the American Rampart image. Click for full size.
3. The 93rd Highlanders assault the American Rampart
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,667 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   3. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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