British Batteries Historical

British Batteries Historical (HM1TXF)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.4', W 89° 59.517'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

To support their attacks, the British built several artillery batteries, shown in red on the map. The largest was the Advanced Battery with 10 cannons behind a low rampart of earth filled sugar casks and rammed earth. Built near the center of what is now the cemetery, it suffered heavy damage during the January 1 artillery duel and was abandoned. Two batteries held Congreve rockets. The rockets were designed to shower shrapnel and explosives down on enemy troops when fired overhead, but they were difficult to aim so were mostly ineffective. The Forward Battery became a redoubt, a defensive structure to protect sentries.

"The bombs bursting in air" sent a shower of shrapnel on troops below, as shown in this woodcut from the middle 1800s.
Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211193 N 3315902
Decimal Degrees29.94000000, -89.99195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.4', W 89° 59.517'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 24" N, 89° 59' 31.02" W
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Area Code(s)504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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