Battlefield in Chalmette.
Battlefield in Chalmette.

The War of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans.

This is the place. Where the final battle of the war was fought over ten days in January, 1815. Even though the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814. it was not ratified by The U.S. Congress until February, 1815. That almost seems like a perfect New Orleans kind of thing. A little late. And, five miles downriver.

General Andrew Jackson lead a small American force in an overwhelming victory over a much larger British force. The U.S. Army, Marines and Navy were helped out by Jean Lafitte’s pirates and Choctaw warriors.

Today, the battlefield is known as the Chalmette National Park. This picture was made at just about the point where Jackson’s troops amassed waiting for the British forces. In the background there are two important locations.

Although you can’t see it, along the tree line is the National Cemetery at Chalmette. It was established in 1864 for members of the Union Army who died in Louisiana. There are veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I & II, Korean War and Vietnam War buried there. There are also four veterans who served in War of 1812 buried at the location, but only one fought in The Battle of New Orleans. Further back is a major oil refinery. It is owned by PBF Energy of New Jersey and produces about 189,000 barrels of oil per day. From the amount of writing, you can tell which one I think is more important.

That’s the history. A brief history. The picture? I made it while I was touring around with a friend of mine who had never seen the battlefield or the cemetery. I shot it at probably the worst time of day. Around noon. So, I tinkered with it. In post production.

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