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Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans
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Joseph Yeager, 1792 - 1859
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Benjamin West, 10 Oct 1738 - 11 Mar 1820
Andrew Jackson, 15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845
Samuel Gibbs, ? - 1815
William Thornton, 1779 - 30 Mar 1840
Edward Micahel Packenham, 19 Mar 1778 - 08 Jan 1815
John Lambert, 28 Apr 1772 - 14 Sep 1847
John Keane, 6 Feb 1781 - 24 Aug 1844
Edward Blakeney, 26 Mar 1778 - 02 Aug 1868
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Image/Sheet: 41.1 × 53.5 cm (16 3/16 × 21 1/16")
Mat (Verified): 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28")
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The peace treaty bringing the War of 1812 to a close had been signed on Christmas Eve 1814, but word had not yet reached New Orleans, where Andrew Jackson (bottom center) defended the city from British attack. With a force of 2,000-a relatively few regular army soldiers augmented by the New Orleans battalion of Free Men of Colour, militiamen from Louisiana and Mississippi, and the pirates of Barataria Bay-Jackson went against some 8,000 seasoned British regulars. Thanks to the labor of some 900 slaves, the American troops were sheltered behind a strong defensive works of logs and cotton bales, and the British, as they advanced, were hit by an overpowering rain of cannon and musket fire. General Edward Pakenham, shot through the throat and chest, died within minutes.
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