THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: A MEANINGFUL VICTORY

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 Premiered January 7, 2015 on WYES. 


 THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MILITARY ENGAGEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS WAS A BATTLE FOR THE DESTINY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


That 8th of January morning in 1815, General Andrew Jackson and his U.S. soldiers joined by the so-called ‘rag-tag’ force of Louisiana white Creole and free men of color militia, Barataria pirates, Choctaw Indians, and Tennessee and Kentucky riflemen prevailed in the Battle of New Orleans and it was a meaningful victory. It also drew the War of 1812 between the Americans and the British to a close.

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: A MEANINGFUL VICTORY explores how the British misjudged their opponent and miscalculated the complexities of the battle ground.

The American triumph over the British built a sense of national pride and confidence for the young nation.

The documentary brings together historians who recount the events of the British campaign along the Gulf of Mexico and south Louisiana as well as the impact of the outcome of the battle.

Life in the city and areas south along the Mississippi River and Lake Borgne is also described.


Interviews were conducted on-site at locations in existence during the time of the Battle of New Orleans including The Pitot House on Bayou St. John, Mary Plantation in Plaquemines Parish, Madame John’s Legacy and the Old Ursulines Convent, both in the New Orleans French Quarter and the Sun Oak Museum and Guest House in the Faubourg Marigny. The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, built in 1915, also provides an interview setting. Additional on-site taping was done at The Meraux Foundation’s ‘Docville’ in St. Bernard Parish, just a few miles down river from the January 8th British assault.

But the featured location in the documentary is the Chalmette Battlefield in St. Bernard Parish, the actual site of the Battle of New Orleans, now part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve with the National Park Service.

Hosts and producers Tom Gregory and Marcia Kavanaugh

Hosts and producers Tom Gregory and Marcia Kavanaugh (Photo credit: Steven Patriquin)

Historians interviewed are:

Jason Wiese, Associate Director, Williams Research Center and John Magill, Curator/Historian, both with the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Ron Chapman, Nunez Community College professor of history and author, Battle of New Orleans: But For a Piece of Wood.

Ron Drez, historian, lecturer and author, The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception.

William de Marigny Hyland, St. Bernard Parish historian.

Joyce Miller, Museum Historian.

Polly Rolman-Smith, Curator, Science and Technology.

Wayne Phillips, Curator, Costumes and Textiles, and Greg Lambousy, Director of Collections, all with The Louisiana State Museum.

Alvin Jackson, The Historic Treme Collection.

Shelene Roumillat, PhD, Battle of New Orleans researcher.

G. Howard Hunter, President, The Louisiana Historical Society.

Eberhard ‘Lo’ Faber, PhD, Visiting Professor, Loyola University New Orleans.

Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD, Archivist, Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Tim Pickles, owner, Historical Military Productions/Historical Consultant.

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