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

The Main Attack

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
The Main Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. The Main Attack Marker
Inscription. At dawn frontiersmen from Tennessee and Kentucky militias stood ready on the American line's swamp end. British commander Sir Edward Packenham concentrated his main attack here under Major General Sir Samuel Gibbs, expecting the American volunteers to perform poorly. Yet it was Packenham's force that fared badly. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Mullins sent the 44th to the wrong location to pick up the ladders and fascines needed to cross the canal and scale the rampart. When the British reached the American rampart, they had no way to advance and were impeded by the disorganized 44th. Under heavy American fire, the attack disintegrated into chaos.

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The Macarty house used as American headquarters, can be seen in the background of this 1845 magazine illustration by Robert Hinshelwood.

British Troops
4th (Kings Own) Regiment of Foot
5th West India Regiment
21st (Royal Scots Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 29° 56.659′ N, 89° 59.365′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on Chalmette National Park Scenic
The Main Attack & Packenham's Fall Markers image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
2. The Main Attack & Packenham's Fall Markers
Road (Tour Loop Rd) 0.2 miles east of Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The Chalmette National Park Scenic Road, or Tour Loop Road, is located within the Chalmette Battlefield portion of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. 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. Pakenham's Fall (here, next to this marker); The Battle Ends (a few steps from this marker); Batteries Seven and Eight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries 5 and 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batteries Five and Six (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Where Has Our Equipment Gone?” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmette National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kentucky Rifle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
Also see . . .  Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 36 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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