Last updated: May 18, 2023
General Andrew Jackson Statue
This monument, located in the center of Lafayette Park, portrays Major General Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) as he appeared while reviewing his troops at the Battle of New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 8, 1815. Thirteen years later he became the seventh president of the United States.
The bronze statue faces west, while Jackson and his charger look slightly south toward the White House. The sculptor Clark Mills erected a studio and furnace near the proposed site in 1849. He had to make six castings of the horse before the final casting was completed in December, 1852. The entire statue was cast in ten pieces, four of the horse and six of Jackson, for a total weight of 15 tons. The statue, the first in the park, was dedicated on January 8, 1853, on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
Prior to 2020, four of the cannons Jackson captured in Pensacola, Florida, were arrayed around the statue. The cannons' carriages were damaged during protests in the summer of 2020. The cannon tubes were removed for conservation and have not been reinstalled. These four cannons are rare pieces cast by Josephus Barnola at the royal foundry in Barcelona, Spain, and are named El Aristeo (1773), El Apolo (1773), El Witiza (1748), and El Egica (1748) for Greek gods and Visigoth kings.
CLARK MILLS, SCULPTOR
OUR FEDERAL UNION
IT MUST BE PRESERVED