British Strategy

British Strategy (HM3OH)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.423', W 89° 59.546'

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Major general Edward Pakenham's final plan was to charge Major General Jackson's position before daylight, to reduce the effectiveness of American artillery fire. The plan was complicated and depended on split-second timing and coordination.

The British attack force was divided into four major groups:

Lt. Colonel Thornton would take the 85th Regiment across the Mississippi River and capture David Morgan's line on the West Bank.

Major General Samuel Gidds would attack near the cypress swamp, use fascmes (bundles of cane) and ladders to bridge the Rodriguez Canal, and strike the American rampart in the vicinity of Batteries 7 and 8.

Major general john Keane would conduct a demonstration and feint toward the river, to attract the fire of the heavier American guns.

Lt. Colonel Rennie would advance simultaneously along the riverbank below the levee and spike the guns in the redoubt on the American right. For complete success, the plan required Pakenham's command to move decisively, surprising the Americans at the ramparts before any firing occurred.
HM NumberHM3OH
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 12:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211148 N 3315946
Decimal Degrees29.94038333, -89.99243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.423', W 89° 59.546'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 25.38" N, 89° 59' 32.76" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 508 Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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