Special events for Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24, through Tuesday, May 28) at Chalmette National Cemetery and Chalmette Battlefield will include volunteer projects, a Memorial Day ceremony, and a living history program. Find out more here.
Just downriver from New Orleans in Chalmette is the site of the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans: Chalmette Battlefield. Many people believe that this last great battle of the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain was unnecessary, since the treaty ending the war was signed in late 1814, but the war was not over. The resounding American victory at the Battle of New Orleans soon became a symbol of a new idea: American democracy triumphing over the old European ideas of aristocracy and entitlement. General Andrew Jackson's hastily assembled army had won the day against a battle-hardened and numerically superior British force. Americans took great pride in the victory and for decades celebrated January 8 as a national holiday, just like the Fourth of July.
Learn about the War of 1812 from visitor center films and exhibits. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's bookstore has books, period music, reproductions of items from the period, and children's books. Admission is free. Follow these links for directions and for program listings for specific dates. Learn about the visitor center (dedicated on January 8, 2011) and see a map of the site that includes troop movements from the Battle of New Orleans.
8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette
Open daily 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed December 25 and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 12, in 2013). Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here. The paddlewheeler Creole Queen makes daily trips from New Orleans' French Quarter to the battlefield; visit the Creole Queen website for sailing times and ticket information.
The new management plan for the battlefield and national cemetery is now available online. Read it by clicking here.
Please note: Chalmette Monument is closed due to safety concerns.
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From muskets to tactics, from upcoming events to historical people and places, you can find out more about the War of 1812 at the links below.
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.