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Picture of the Day: January 8

Posted By HistoryNet Staff On 6/12/2006 @ 8:06 pm In Picture of the Day | No Comments


Battle of New Orleans
The War of 1812 may have ended on Christmas Eve of 1814, but news of the Treaty of Ghent had not yet crossed the Atlantic Ocean when a British army marched on New Orleans on January 8, 1815. A massacre ensued, as 2,044 British troops, including three generals, fell dead, wounded or missing before General Andrew Jackson's well-prepared earthworks, compared with only 71 American casualties. Among the British victims were the Highlanders of the 93rd Regiment of Foot, mowed down by Jackson's contingent of U.S. Marines.

Image: Colonel Charles H. Waterhouse U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)


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