the last battle of the War of 1812 was fought in January of 1815.
The Treaty of Ghent had been signed a month prior (but not yet ratified), and this treaty "officially" ended the war, but none of the thousands of British and Americans who assembled here knew about it, so the British attacked, doing their best to grab control of New Orleans and by extension, the entire Mississippi River Basin and the lands it gave access to. In their way: Andrew Jackson, American hero, leading a pick-up fighting force comprised of a few regular army types, volunteer militias from Kentucky and Tennessee, sailors and marines from a few sunken gunboats, local landowners and other members of the creole elite society, a band of Choctaw Indians who were loyal to the Americans, and a passel of pirates from the Barataria base of Jean Lafitte, who came with cannons and powder that the Americans lacked. (Pretty sure Old NFO was around somewhere too, but cannot confirm at this time.)
The battlefield looked like this:
It's been restored as much as could be to what it looked like then.
Here's a view of the American defensive line where the cannon crews and riflemen awaited the British as the sun was coming up that morning.
The Americans only had 13 troops killed. It was a total shellacking.
On this day, there were no soldiers, red-coated or otherwise. But the cannon were there.
Of course I brought my gun crew.
The dogs got down in the canal too, which still has as much nasty black mud in it as it ever did.
We strolled around for a couple of hours, and as the main gates were locked we pretty much had the place to ourselves because, while you can walk in, it's a bit of a hike in the heat.
Chalmette Dock just next door. Also not here in 1815.
I took the hounds over the levee so they could get a drink of Mississippi River water.
And along came a tow boat.
Murphy's just gotta run.
And play on logs.
Belle's a bit more of a Daddy's girl and just wanted to stay close to me once she got her drink.
It really was a beautiful day, and being surrounded by history like this made it perfect.
At the base are bronze plaques listing the units that fought here.
Andrew Jackson was truly the hero of the day and the savior of much of America, because had the Brits won here, it's doubtful that they'd have left the whole Mississippi region, treaty or not.
Harriet Tubman, by all reports, was nowhere to be seen.