Winter 1815: Americans win a stunning victory at the Battle of New Orleans

Once they gain a foothold in our collective national memory, the persistence of national myths becomes part of our history.

“My country men…look too intently to the Triumphs, & turn their eyes too lightly away from their disasters.” John Quincy Adams

A painting depicts British soldiers in red crossing a field toward a line of firing cannons.
Painting by Jean Hyacinthe de Laclotte, eyewitness to the Battle of New Orleans

New Orleans Museum of Art

Last updated: May 24, 2016