Posted by: Kirsten | Sunday, 6 January 2008

Battle of New Orleans Commemoration

Get out and celebrate a long-forgotten American holiday to mark our victory over the British in 1815!   It’s Jackson Day (sometimes called Battle of New Orleans Day).

From an NPS press release…

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, will once again ring with the sound of cannons and muskets during an anniversary celebration of the battle. On Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony at Chalmette Monument will honor the men who fought there 193 years ago. On January 11 and 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., living history experts dressed as troops and soldiers from 1815 will share their stories, fire cannons and muskets, and explain the importance of the battle in American history. Visitors can discuss tactics with the generals, learn the finer points of campfire cooking, or visit the kids’ camp, where there will be uniforms to try on and games to play. On Friday night, tour the battlefield by lantern light on “the night before the battle.” On Saturday, January 12 at 4:30 p.m. St. Bernard Parish will sponsor a re-creation of the December 23, 1814, night battle at historic Pakenham Oaks in Chalmette.

NPS Contact: Elizabeth Dupree, (504)589-3882 ext. 224
or visit http://www.nps.gov/jela/battle-of-new-orleans-anniversary.htm

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