Tuesday, January 19, 2010

General Pakenham with two British soldiers.

This picture is General Pakenham laying the British wreath with two of his British soldiers.

Andrew Jackson in action.

This is Andrew Jackson at the wreath laying ceremony.


Ireporters posing with the privateers that had fought in the Battle of New Orleans. These privateers helped the Americans to victory.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Civilians of New Orleans

Throughout our conversations with the civilians we learned about the many ways that they aided the soldiers guarding the city of New Orleans. They rolled linens to make bandages for Catholic nuns to tend to the wounded. We also learned of a letter from Gen. Andrew Jackson to the citizenry. It stated that no British soldier would occupy the city as an enemy unless it was over his dead body.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Small Fire Arms Demonstration

During the demonstration we learned that the soldiers used a flint lock, muzzle loading weapons. The US army consisted of regular soldiers and also the state militia. The regular army wore dark blue coats and gray pants while the militia was not as well dressed. The militia didn't have a specific uniform. The guns could be fired every twenty seconds and had to be done through a process of steps. We ended the demonstration with a contest to see who could shoot three bullets the fastest.

British Weapons

Cannons fired cannonballs and a special thing called a Stand of Grapes or a Grape Shot because it looked like grapes on a vine. It was more effective against Horses than a rifle and a regular Cannonball.

General Packingham Interview about concerns

"This weather is way too cold and not what we expected. Some are dying from exposure. Black troops are used to warmer weather and moving the artillery on the ground. Militia have a 2 to 1 advantage and they need 3 to 1 advantage to assure that the militia will not run. Discipline and training men who have been fighting 2 of all battle tested black troops fighting west India front line some of the best troop. Short of heavier artillery, troop supplies are not a problem short of horses for the staff."