The Battle of New Orleans was the last official conflict of the War of 1812 and took place after the Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the war, but it was of utmost importance. Fought on the Chalmette Plantation leading up to and culminating on January 8th, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson led an American victory using troops with little or no military training and half the size of the British attackers. British Major General Edward Packenham was mortally wounded during the battle. Established in 1907 and now part of a National Historic Park and Preserve, the Battlefield features several cannons, illustrations explaining the events, and a commemorative iconic obelisk.
One of the older below-ground cemeteries in New Orleans, burials began in May 1864 for Union Soldiers who died in local hospitals. It quickly became the resting place for more than 12,000 Civil War dead, nearly all of which are listed as unknown. Today, the well-kept grounds are closed to new burials, but visitors can locate markers for more than 15,300 veterans from conflicts over the years, including four from the War of 1812 and one from the Battle of New Orleans.
The War of 1812 bicentennial 2012-2015.