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Battle of New Orleans

Sunday, 8 January 1815

General Andrew Jackson's American forces faced Sir Edward Pakenham troops at Chalmette just outside New Orleans. The Americans built a defensive parapet between the Mississippi River on their right and a swamp on their left.

Pakenham launched two frontal assaults against the enemies entrenched positions. After half an hour there were 21 casualties amongst the Americans, the British lost 2036 including their Commander.

A peace treaty  had been signed on Christmas Eve, some two weeks before. The battle, its out come and casualties were unnecessary.