The War of 1812 is frequently known as the Second War of Independence. The war proved to American citizens that they could hold their ground on land and sea against the combined British, Native American, and British Canadian forces. In preparation for the attack on New Orleans, Andrew Jackson arrived to build defenses and lead the disparate defenders: 4,700 men, including 462 free men of color, 52 Choctaw warriors, and the forces of notorious pirate and smuggler Jean Lafitte. The decisive victory in the Battle of New Orleans proved to the American people that the United States was military power with which to be reckoned.
This collection of definitive histories of the Battle of New Orleans covers its every facet. Presented in conjunction with the Louisiana Landmarks Society, it presents works on the role of sea power in the battle, British Major-General Sir Edward M. Pakenham, the invasion and defense of Louisiana, the lifesaving intervention of the Tennessee militia, plantation homes on the battlefield, engagements on the West Bank of the Mississippi, African-American soldiers, weaponry, and the atmosphere and daily sights of New Orleans during that time.
The Louisiana Landmarks Society is dedicated to saving and preserving the history and architectural originality of New Orleans. By advocating historic preservation, publishing books about local landmarks, and hosting public programs, the Louisiana Landmarks Society conserves the rich history of the state.
About the Editor
Gary D. Joiner earned his BA and MA from Louisiana Tech University and PhD from St. Martin’s College. The host of Red River Radio’s History Matters, Joiner is the editor or author of twelve books of history. He serves on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission and is the chairman of Louisiana’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force. The author of more than twenty articles, Joiner resides in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he is a professor at Louisiana State University Shreveport.
About the Foreword Author
The Hon. W. Henson Moore earned his BA and MA from Louisiana State University and his law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. From 1975 to 1987, Moore served in the US House of Representatives and was the deputy secretary of the US Department of Energy from 1989 to 1992. In 1992, he became deputy chief of staff for Pres. George H. W. Bush. Moore is the chairman of the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.
THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
A Bicentennial Tribute
By the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission
Edited by Gary D. Joiner
Foreword by The Hon. W. Henson Moore
HISTORY / Military
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
304 pp. 6 x 9