The Main Attack Historical

The Main Attack Historical (HM1TX5)

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

N 29° 56.659', W 89° 59.365'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

At dawn frontiersmen from Tennessee and Kentucky militias stood ready on the American line's swamp end. British commander Sir Edward Packenham concentrated his main attack here under Major General Sir Samuel Gibbs, expecting the American volunteers to perform poorly. Yet it was Packenham's force that fared badly Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Mullins sent the 44th to the wrong location to pick up the ladders and fascines needed to cross the canal and scale the rampart. When the British reached the American rampart, they had no way to advance and were impeded by the disorganized 44th. Under heavy American fire, the attack disintegrated into chaos.

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The Macarty house used as American headquarters, can be seen in the background of this 1845 magazine illustration by Robert Hinshelwood.

British Troops
4th (Kings Own) Regiment of Foot
5th West India Regiment
21st (Royal Scots Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot
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HM NumberHM1TX5
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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 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211450 N 3316374
Decimal Degrees29.94431667, -89.98941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.659', W 89° 59.365'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 39.54" N, 89° 59' 21.9" W
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Area Code(s)504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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