Places - Chalmette Battlefield
Chalmette Battlefield/The Battle of New Orleans
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.
Click here for a National Park Service history of the battlefield site, The Search for the Lost Riverfront: Historical and Archeological Investigations at the Chalmette Battlefield. The 1985 NPS Historic Resource Study contains site history for both Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery.
View the Louisiana casualties during the War of 1812 and the Louisiana campaign, including the Battle of New Orleans. Two lists are contained in one pdf: the first is a partial list of Louisiana casualties during the entire War of 1812, the second is casualties from the Louisiana campaign. Note that although the British fleet set sail from Louisiana on January 30, 1815, many men died after that time, probably from wounds sustained or diseases contracted during the campaign. Please note that these lists were produced in 1954; the park welcomes new information---you can send it via the "contact us" link located in the left column.
View troop rosters for the New Orleans campaign, including the Battle of New Orleans. Please note that these lists were compiled at various times---mostly in the 1950s and 1960s---from various sources. If you have new information, please share it with the park. If you are looking for specific names, be sure to search all the different lists contained in the pdf and be sure to look at alternate spellings.
Here are other useful Battle of New Orleans and War of 1812 resources:
Did You Know?
Two volunteer battalions of free men of color fought in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. These men were the first black American troops to receive pay, equipment, pensions, and bounty land grants equal to that of their white counterparts.