Batteries Seven and Eight Historical

Batteries Seven and Eight Historical (HM1TX4)

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

N 29° 56.73', W 89° 59.532'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

When the British attacked the American rampart during their reconnaisance in force on December 28, they almost succeeded in outflanking the rampart and capturing the American positions at this end of the line. The Americans responded by extending the rampart farther into the cypress swamp. This new section was defended by Kentucky militia, General John Coffee's Tennessee militia, and Captain Pierre Jugeant leading a group of Choctaw Indians. On January 8 the British concentrated their main attack here. According to tradition, Lieutenant Samuel Spotts of the Artillery Corps gave the order at Battery 7 to fire the battle's first shot.

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This engraving from about 1892 portrays the determination of the volunteer troops at the American rampart's swamp end.

Troops
Coffee's Tennessee militia
Jugeant's Company of Choctaw Volunteers
Kentucky militia
U.S. Artillery Corps

Artillery, Battery 7
Probably one six-pound canon and one 18-pound cannon (sources disagree)

Artillery, Battery 8
9½-inch howitzer or small cannon (sources disagree)
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HM NumberHM1TX4
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Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211185 N 3316513
Decimal Degrees29.94550000, -89.99220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.73', W 89° 59.532'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 43.8" N, 89° 59' 31.92" 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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