Chalmette Monument Historical

Chalmette Monument Historical (HM1TY1)

Location: Arabi, LA 70032 St. Bernard Parish
Country: United States of America

N 29° 56.538', W 89° 59.65'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The construction of a monument honoring Andrew Jackson and his troops was the first step in recognizing the importance of the battlefield and saving it for future generations. In 1852 the Louisiana legislature appropriated funds to purchase land at the battlefield and monument there. project was plagued with funding problems for decades and was finally completed in 1908. Maintenance was turned over to the Chalmette Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812. In 1939 Chalmette National Historical Park was created and the site became part of the National Park Service.

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This photograph from around 1900 shows the partially built monument; Civil War soldiers wrote home about camping in its shadow.

Chalmette Monument is about 100 feet tall. When Alfred Rudolph Waud drew the unfinished monument in 1871, plans called for a finished height of nearly 150 feet, but an engineer's test around 1900 discovered that the foundation could not support such a structure's weight.
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HM NumberHM1TY1
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Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210986 N 3316163
Decimal Degrees29.94230000, -89.99416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.538', W 89° 59.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 32.28" N, 89° 59' 39" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Arabi LA 70032, US
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