The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815, with the British forces under Edward Pakenham numbering 5,300 men advancing on Andrew Jackson’s line, defended by 4,700 men. When the fog covering the British lifted, the soldiers were exposed to murderous fire as they advanced: at 500 yards from American cannons, at 300 yards from American riflemen, and at 100 yards from musket fire. The British fell back. Pakenham was killed trying to rally his men, and the British broke off the attack, which had lasted less than an hour. The casualty count was lopsided: 2,000 for the British and 70 for the United States.