Attack Along the River Historical

Attack Along the River Historical (HM1TX1)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.438', W 89° 59.704'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

British plans for a three-pronged attack included capturing the river end of the American rampart. On the morning of January 8, British Major General John Keane sent advance troops with Colonel Robert Rennie along the river road to attack the redoubt. Meanwhile, British commander Sir Edward Pakenham ordered Keane to lead most of his force across the field to support the main attack by the swamp. Though Rennie's troops captured the redoubt, fierce American counterattacks pushed them back, inflicting heavy losses and killing Rennie. The Americans recaptured the redoubt, ending the attack along the river.

This engraving from about 1820 shows British troops using ladders to cross the canal and to climb the redoubt and rampart walls.

British Troops
1st West India Regiment
7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
43rd (Monmouth Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot
HM NumberHM1TX1
Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210894 N 3315980
Decimal Degrees29.94063333, -89.99506667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.438', W 89° 59.704'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 26.28" N, 89° 59' 42.24" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near River Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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