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. The visitor center is open and talks are given on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On all other federal holidays and on Mardi Gras, the visitor center is closed and no talks are given. Free.

Memorial Day volunteer projects at Chalmette National Cemetery - Remember those who served as park staff and volunteers put an American flag at each of the 14,000+ headstones and markers in the cemetery. Flags are placed at headstones beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, and will be picked up and prepared for storage beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Projects usually take about three hours and require walking and bending over in possibly hot, humid, and buggy conditions; preparing flags for storage also requires sitting and rolling flags. Be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes. Here's a Memorial Day volunteer project flier to download, print, and share. Follow the link to sign up for Memorial Day volunteer projects (you can sign up for one day or both).


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 (be sure to see important information about using ride share services); 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 (Tuesday, February 13, in 2018) 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 13, in 2018), the battlefield is completely closed but the national cemetery is open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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 programs by reservation:

  • ranger programs and field trips for schools and other groups.
  • field trips not led by rangers are also welcome. 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.

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Last updated: April 20, 2018

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882

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