Pakenham's Fall Historical

Pakenham's Fall Historical (HM1TX6)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.657', W 89° 59.362'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

As the attack began to fail, British commander Sir Edward Pakenham rode forward to rally his troops. Under intense fire, both Pakenham and his horse were hit less than 40 yards from the American line. He quickly mounted an aide's horse but was shot again, this time mortally wounded. Second-in-command Major General Sir Samuel Gibbs was also killed; third-in-command Major General John Keane was severely wounded. Although some British soldiers advanced as far as the canal and rampart, the relentless American fire killed hundreds. To continue fighting was futile. The battle for New Orleans was over.

Pakenham's death is shown as turning point in the battle in this Eugene Louis Lami painting from about 1840.

Pakenham's success during the Napoleonic Wars in Europe was rewarded with medals, honors, and the command of land forces against the United States.
HM NumberHM1TX6
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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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211455 N 3316370
Decimal Degrees29.94428333, -89.98936667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.657', W 89° 59.362'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 39.42" N, 89° 59' 21.72" 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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