The West Bank Assault Historical

The West Bank Assault Historical (HM1TXA)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.442', W 89° 59.702'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

On December 25, 1814, American Major General Andrew Jackson began fortifying the Mississippi River's west bank. By January 8 it was defended by nearly a thousand Kentucky and Louisiana militiamen and several artillery batteries, some armed with cannons from the American fleet. British commander Sir Edward Pakenham recognized the dangers these guns posed to his troops on the east bank and included an attack on these positions in his battle plans. Delays in the west bank assault resulted in a British victory that came too late to salvage the disastrous British defeat on the east bank. No traces of these batteries remain today.

The scene on the west bank may have been very much like this detail from Dennis Malone Carter's 1856 painting of the Battle of New Orleans.

British Troops
85th (Bucks Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
Royal Marines Royal Navy

American Troops
Kentucky militia
Louisiana militia
U.S. Navy
Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210897 N 3315987
Decimal Degrees29.94070000, -89.99503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.442', W 89° 59.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 26.52" N, 89° 59' 42.12" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near River Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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