The Battle on the West Bank

The Battle on the West Bank (HM3NY)

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

N 29° 56.461', W 89° 59.674'

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Discovering American militia and artillery on the west bank of the Mississippi River, British General Pakenham ordered Lieutenant Colonel William B. Thornton to lead an attack force across the river. Thorton was to capture the American guns and turn them against Major General Andrew Jackson's line here on the East Bank.

The Americans under Brigadier General David B. Morgan made a stand, but they were routed, pursued, and their guns were taken. Fortunately for the Americans the British called off this engagement when they were defeated here on the left Bank. The American casualties numbered 49. This British reported losing 83 men.

The British assault of January 8, 1815, proved to be the only British victory. Had the successes on the West Bank been exploited, the Battle of New Orleans might have ended in a British victory.
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HM NumberHM3NY
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210943 N 3316021
Decimal Degrees29.94101667, -89.99456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.461', W 89° 59.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 27.66" N, 89° 59' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10901 River Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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