Chalmette in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Batteries 5 and 6
Battery 6 contained guns mounted on a more compact mobile naval carriage. These carriages were painted in U.S Navy regulation “Spanish red” and black.
Artillery at New Orleans
The artillery used at the Battle of New Orleans was of three basic types: guns, howitzers, and mortars.
Guns (As in Batteries 5 and 6) were most common. They were long-barreled weapons that fired solid shot, grape shot, and canister on relatively flat trajectories. Although the range was over a mile for most guns, their accuracy decreased rapidly at ranges greater than 500 yards.
Howitzers (one was in battery 1) had shorter barrels. They fired shell, grape shot, and canister on an arcing trajectory. Ranges rarely exceeded 800 yards.
Mortars (present, but not used in the battle) had extremely short barrels. They fired shells on very high angled arcs and were useful against troops behind fortifications. If the British had mortars available, American losses would have been
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 29° 56.7′ N, 89° 59.549′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. Batteries Five and Six (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries Seven and Eight (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Four (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kentucky Rifle (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Main Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pakenham's Fall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmette Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
More about this marker. The center illustration on the marker shows The guns at Battery 5 were manned by U.S. Regular artillerymen. A map on the left details the disposition of U.S. troops and batteries. On the right a drawing illustrates the differences of the three weapon classes described.
Additional keywords. Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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