Batteries Five and Six Historical

Batteries Five and Six Historical (HM1TX3)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
Country: United States of America

N 29° 56.68', W 89° 59.555'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Although the middle of the American line never faced a direct attack, its defenders inflicted many of the British casualties suffered during the battle. The cannons here were in an ideal position to fire on the main British force advancing against the rampart's swamp end. To the left were Tennesseans led by Major General William Carroll, who succeeded Andrew Jackson as head of the Tennessee militia. The Kentucky militia led by General John Adair reinforced this section; nearly a third of these men had arrived in New Orleans without weapons or winter clothes but had been outfitted by the city's residents.

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The British called the Tennessee and Kentucky militias "dirty shirts" because instead of wearing proper uniforms, the militiamen wore homespun clothing colored with homemade dyes as seen in this 1867 picture.

Troops
Carroll's Tennessee militia
Kentucky militia
U.S. Artillery Corps

Artillery, Battery 5
Four-pound cannon
Six-pound cannon

Artillery, Battery 6
12- or 18-pound cannon (sources disagree)
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HM NumberHM1TX3
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Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees29.94466667, -89.99258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.68', W 89° 59.555'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 40.8" N, 89° 59' 33.3" W
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Area Code(s)504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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