Chalmette Battlefield

Cannons at a rampart with a historic home in background
Walk in the footsteps of the troops of 1815 at Chalmette Battlefield.
 

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Battle of New Orleans ranger talk - daily at about 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. when Creole Queen excursion boat docks at battlefield. No talk on federal holidays when visitor center is closed. Free.

National cemetery tour - 10:00 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Thursday, and Saturdays now through April 1; noon, 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on Fridays now through March 31. Take a guided tour of Chalmette National Cemetery to discover its history and the stories of some of the thousands buried there. Meet at the front porch of the old cemetery superintendent's lodge (the two-story brick building just inside the cemetery gate). Free.

All field trip space for March 2017 is currently full, but you are welcome to bring your group and explore the battlefield on your own (admission is free). Join the ranger talk at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (see above) to hear the story of the Battle of New Orleans. Download pdfs for Chalmette Bingo (suitable for grades 1-2) or Chalmette Challenge (grades 3-8) and test your knowledge. If your group will be over 20 people, please call 504-281-0511 ext 28 to let battlefield rangers know when you are coming; this will avoid having several large groups on site at the same time.

Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery is Monday, April 10, through Thursday, April 27. Join park staff, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to document, realign, and clean headstones. Last year nearly 800 volunteers spent nearly 2500 hours at the cemetery, and the results were impressive: 1270 headstones documented and 7238 markers and headstones cleaned. Families, groups, and individuals are welcome; volunteers must be 13 or older. Follow the link for information about Volunteer Month at the cemetery including how to sign up as a volunteer (note that Volunteer Month information lives on a different webserver, so you will get a message that you are leaving the National Park Service website). Here's a Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery flier to download, print, and share.


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 museum store has books, period music, reproductions of items from the period, and children's books. Admission is free. 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 as well as outdoor exhibits that provide a self-guided tour. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.

8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette
504-281-0510

Visitor center hours: The battlefield visitor center is open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday. The visitor center is closed on Mardi Gras and on federal holidays except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, when it is open regular hours of 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Entrance gates hours: Gates at the battlefield and at Chalmette National Cemetery (just downriver from the battlefield) are open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday. On federal holidays, gates are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, when gates are open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 28, in 2017), both the battlefield and the national cemetery are completely closed.

Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page. The paddlewheeler Creole Queen travels from New Orleans' French Quarter to the battlefield; visit the Creole Queen website for sailing times and ticket information.

Chalmette Monument, the battlefield's 100-foot-high obelisk that honors the troops of the Battle of New Orleans, is open on Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visitors may climb the 122 interior steps to the top where there is a viewing platform. Children climbing the monument's interior steps should be accompanied by an adult. Climb carefully and do not rush: this is a moderate climb, but steps and handrail may be slick in wet or humid weather. The stairs are narrow and there is little room to pass other climbers or to turn around, so maximum capacity is 10 adults.

Special events and programs by reservation:

  • Field trips for schools and other groups by reservation. All field trip space for March 2017 is currently full, but you are welcome to bring your group and explore the battlefield on your own (admission is free). Join the ranger talk at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (see above) to hear the story of the Battle of New Orleans. Download pdfs for Chalmette Bingo (suitable for grades 1-2) or Chalmette Challenge (grades 3-8) and test your knowledge. If your group will be over 20 people, please call 504-281-0511 ext 28 to let battlefield rangers know when you are coming; this will avoid having several large groups on site at the same time.
  • Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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