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Fazandeville - The BattleGround

In August 2005 I evacuated with three pairs of shorts, and a file with notes and research on a story I couldn’t leave behind.

For quite a while, those things were all I had in the world from the life I left in Chalmette. 527 more words

Chalmette

THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (December 14-December 20, 1814)

Prelude to New Orleans.

Most Americans know little about the War of 1812, except, maybe for the Battle of New Orleans – thanks to two movies (in the 1930s and the 1950s) and the… 559 more words

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THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (December 7-December 13, 1814)

Enter the Pirate.

U.S. Major General Andrew Jackson is scrambling to find the men, weapons, ships and supplies to defend New Orleans from a pending British invasion — that may outnumber his 1,500 troops 10-to-1 — when he encounters the pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother, Pierre, on a New Orleans street corner in early December. 481 more words

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How to get attention; name your war after body parts

It’s an anniversary of sorts. It’s 200 years since the end of a war with a dull name and seven more years since the death that may have started it. 861 more words

THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (November 30-December 6, 1814)

Jackson Returns.

December 1

U.S. Major General Andrew Jackson arrives in New Orleans after a hasty march from New Orleans. The arrival of Jackson and his “army” of less than 2,000 troops calms the uneasy populace of the Crescent City. 313 more words

Army

THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (November 23-November 29, 1814)

A World In Motion.

November 25

The British invasion fleet that has been building up in the Caribbean since early fall sets sail from Negril Bay, Jamaica for Louisiana. 487 more words

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THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (November 9-November 15, 1814)

Objective: New Orleans

After driving the British out of Pensacola in Spanish Florida (Nov. 7-8), Major General Andrew Jackson heads back to Mobile, in what is now Alabama, but in 1814 it was part of the Territory of Mississippi or Spanish West Florida — depending on who you talked to. 190 more words

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