The Battle of New Orleans marked a turning point in American history. The Treaty of Ghent had not been ratified prior to this last struggle in the War of 1812. More important, the victory at Chalmette on January 8th was only one battle in an extensive campaign to take the city. The British launched a series of assaults against Jackson's defenses over several months, any one of which might have resulted in the loss of New Orleans and possibly the repudiation of the Louisiana Purchase. More interesting, how was it possible that a major British expeditionary force composed of 14,500 solders, 3,500 sailors, and an armada numbering nearly 100 ships could have failed? The force thrown against Jackson defeated Napoleon in the Spanish Peninsula Campaign. Hearty veterans seasoned by years of combat fell in Chalmette. Despite numerous opportunities for victory over several months, Dame Victory withheld her smile allowing America to manifest its destiny.
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Although it occurred near the end of the conflict, the Battle of New Orleans was a pivotal moment in the War of 1812 and in the history of the United States. Had the defenders of New Orleans, led by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, failed, the British would have been able to seize the territory recently acquired by the US in the Louisiana Purchase, including the lucrative port of New Orleans. This exacting account details the events of and leading up to the battle and the British military blunders, chief among them a failure to account for the strong current of the Mississippi River. If the British had tested the river’s flow with a simple piece of wood, all might have been lost for the fledgling American nation.
Author Ron Chapman brings the last dramatic weeks of the War of 1812 to life with clear and compelling descriptions of the battles, portraits of the major figures, the political climate of the time, and the consequences of failure. Numerous maps and appendixes provide insight for readers. From the disparate defenders of the Mississippi to the weaponry used in each army, Chapman examines each facet of the conflict.
Ron Chapman is a professor of history at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, Louisiana. He has written numerous articles for publications including Louisiana Life and New Orleans Magazine. His long-running weekly column for the St. Bernard (LA) Voice has received eight Louisiana Press Association Best Regular Column Awards. Chapman, the recipient of the Spirit of 1812 Award from the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, is a popular speaker on Louisiana history.About the Author:
About the Author Ron Chapman serves as Professor of History at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, Louisiana. The college is located near the actual site of the Battle of New Orleans. Professor Chapman recently received the Preservation Award for 2011-2012 from the Louisiana Colonials, the Nunez Community College Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004 and the Meraux Endowed Professorship (2009). He has also received numerous community service and academic honors over the years including nine awards from the Louisiana Press Association for "Best Regular Column" for the St. Bernard Voice, the local community's official journal for which he was written for over twenty-eight years. He has composed articles in Louisiana Life Magazine: "Fazendeville" the story of a lost African/ American community (2004) and "How Louisiana Became a State" (2012) as well as a publication in New Orleans Magazine: "A Queen Falls" the story of the fall of New Orleans in the Civil War (2012). He has also written for numerous other publications and organizations. In addition, he regularly delivers lectures to a variety of associations including the Nix Library's Bicentennial Lecture Series and the Nunez Community College History Lecture Series, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812, The Roundtable Club, and the Louisiana Colonials. In addition to his regular classes, Mr. Chapman has made presentations before Regional and National Conventions of the Community College Humanities Association and the Southwest Historical Society. Professor Chapman possesses a special love for the rich history of Louisiana. Undoubtedly, Louisiana's story is one of the most unique state histories in the Union. As he tells his students at the opening of his Louisiana History class . . . "This is not Kansas, Dorothy" His story of the Battle of New Orleans reflects this unique flavor of local history.
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Book Description XLIBRIS, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111483697614
Book Description XLIBRIS, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1483697614