Jean Laﬁtte National Historical Park and PreserveOn December 25, 1814, American Major General Andrew Jackson began fortifying the Mississippi River's west bank. By January 8 it was defended by nearly a thousand Kentucky and Louisiana militiamen and several artillery batteries, some armed with cannons from the American fleet. British commander Sir Edward Pakenham recognized the dangers these guns posed to his troops on the east bank and included an attack on these positions in his battle plans. Delays in the west bank assault resulted in a British victory that came too late to salvage the disastrous British defeat on the east bank. No traces of these batteries remain today.
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|Placed By||National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 210897 N 3315987|
|Decimal Degrees||29.94070000, -89.99503333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 56.442', W 89° 59.702'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 56' 26.52" N, 89° 59' 42.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near River Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US|
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