Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The last major land battle of the War of 1812 took place in Louisiana, as British forces attempted to capture New Orleans. The British assault on January 8, 1815, stalled when the fog the British were using for cover suddenly lifted, leaving the British completely exposed; American sharpshooters and artillerists then targeted and killed many of the British commanders. The situation then degenerated into absolute chaos when one British unit got stuck on the wrong side of the river, another was mired in mud, and a third - the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot - forgot to bring ladders to climb the walls.
Links and Sources
The Naval War of 1812, by Theodore Roosevelt, 1885.
The History of New Orleans, by John Kendall, Lewis Publishing Company, 1922.