Tours: New Orleans
bloody and unnecessary battle of New Orleans saw a combined force
of American regular soldiers, militia and pirates defeat a poorly
planned series of attacks by the British.
battleground today is in very good condition, although public transport
to the area is surprisingly poor and the best idea is to get a car
and drive yourself.
important American gun emplacements have been rebuilt and vistors
will get to see just how effective they were.
the middle of the park is a monument and visitors' centre, which
has a small weapons exhibition and a movie about the battle.
areas where the British positions lay have been developed by industry
and offer poor prospects, however, the nearby Jackson Barracks does
include some weapons of the period.
battlefield lies in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park some
10 kilometres (7 miles) outside of New Orleans. 20 minute drive.
grand old Cabildo houses the Louisiana State Museum in which you
can find a large number of historic items, including weapons and
uniforms from the battle of New Orleans.
building itself is of interest to Napoleonic enthusiasts as it was
where the Americans signed the Louisiana Purchase with France.
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