Batteries 5 and 6

Batteries 5 and 6 (HM3PA)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.7', W 89° 59.549'

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Fire from these positions played an important role in stopping the British attack on January 8, 1815. The cannons displayed hers represent batteries 5 and 6, which defended the center of Major general Jackson's line. The field carriages were painted in U.S. Army regulation colors- sky blue and black.

Battery 6 contained guns mounted on a more compact mobile naval carriage. These carriages were painted in U.S Navy regulation "Spanish red" and black.

Artillery at New Orleans

The artillery used at the Battle of New Orleans was of three basic types: guns, howitzers, and mortars.

Guns (As in Batteries 5 and 6) were most common. They were long-barreled weapons that fired solid shot, grape shot, and canister on relatively flat trajectories. Although the range was over a mile for most guns, their accuracy decreased rapidly at ranges greater than 500 yards.

Howitzers (one was in battery 1) had shorter barrels. They fired shell, grape shot, and canister on an arcing trajectory. Ranges rarely exceeded 800 yards.

Mortars (present, but not used in the battle) had extremely short barrels. They fired shells on very high angled arcs and were useful against troops behind fortifications. If the British had mortars available, American losses would have been much higher.
HM NumberHM3PA
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 211156 N 3316458
Decimal Degrees29.94500000, -89.99248333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.7', W 89° 59.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 42.00" N, 89° 59' 32.94" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5901-5999 Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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