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

“Where Has Our Equipment Gone?”

 
 
“Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
1. “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” Marker
Inscription. When the assault on the American rampart reached its height, the main British attack force found itself in front of the 44th Regiment which should have been in lead.

Discovering that Colonel Mullens and the 44th Regiment had advanced 500 yards beyond the sugar cane bundles (fascines) and ladders stored for their use, Major General Gibbs immediately ordered Mullens to return with his men to the rear and retrieve their equipment. Mullens disappeared, and only some of his regiment returned to the front!

When Gibbs’ column moved to within 150 yards of the rampart, the American infantry began shooting. This proved to be too much for the British; their ranks broke as they returned to fire. The 44th threw down their fascines and started shooting, also, catching a large part of their own troops in the cross fire.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 29° 56.494′ N, 89° 59.344′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Monument 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
“Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
2. “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” Marker
. Chalmette National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Roads and Ditches (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lethal Exposure (about 600 feet away); The Battle Ends (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pakenham's Fall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Main Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); British Batteries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fazendeville (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
More about this marker. On the right, two illustration depict scenes from the battle. On the lower left a map shows British movements on the north side of the battlefield, captioned During this hectic period Major General Gibbs was shot and killed.
 
Additional keywords. Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette Battlefield
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
A Panoramic View Of The Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 2007
3. A Panoramic View Of The Battlefield
From here you have a panoramic view of the battlefield from the British perspective. On the far left, Col. Robert Rennie’s attack reached and briefly overran the American rampart. On the right, Gibbs’s men met disaster near the edge of the swamp. In the center of the field murderous artillery and small-arms fire mowed down the Highlanders. General Pakenham rode past here to inspire his troops for new assaults. (NPS)
Bird's-eye view of the battle image. Click for full size.
Latour (Artist). From Lossing, B.J "The pictorial field-book of the War of 1812…" New York, 1869,
4. Bird's-eye view of the battle
 
 
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 1,763 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   4. 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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