Battle of New Orleans – be there for the historic encore
A clearing along the river just south of New Orleans was the site of one of the most famous battles ever fought on American soil.
In January 1815, a ragtag army of Americans worked together to accomplish the impossible: the defeat of the mighty British empire. Listen to the cannons roar, smell the smoky campfires, and discover why this battle helped change the world's balance of power.
Visit this historic battlefield along the Mississippi River in early January 2012 for the 197th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Feel the reverberations of history on the very spot where Col. Andrew Jackson mustered his men and – with assistance from the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte – stood their ground and defeated Gen. Pakenham and the surprised British troops.
Meet living history experts in period dress portraying: British officers and soldiers as well as the American army; local citizens; free men of color; American Indians; Jean Lafitte's Baratarian pirates; U.S. military men; and volunteers from Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
The anniversary event is held in early January at Chalmette Battlefield, adjacent to the Chalmette National Cemetery, in St. Bernard Parish, just downriver from New Orleans. It's all part of the jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
For more information, call 504-589-3882, extension 134. Chalmette Battlefield is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.