Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:39 AM

This day in history January 8

In 1815 just below New Orleans along the Mississippi River, an overwhelming force of British made a final, full force assault on an inferior number of Americans, including Indians, French Creoles, Pirates, and Free people of Color that were dug in behind a rampart behind a drainage canal at the Chalmette Plantation.

Under cover of a heavy fog, the British advanced over an open field, encased by the river on one side, and an impassable swamp on the other.

"Shoot low, boys, they're coming in on all fours," the American officers shouted. It was an overwhelming victory for the Americans.

The battle, long hailed as insignificant because a peace treaty had already been signed, was actually extremely significant, as the conditions of the treaty specified the British would retain any territory obtained by the time news reached the States. Possession of New Orleans meant control of the entire Mississippi River valley.

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 06:12 AM

1. Battle Of New Orleans.

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