New Orleans 1815: Andrew Jackson Crushes the British

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Osprey's examination of the War of 1812, which was  the product of the United States' wish to free itself from the British Empire. The conflict that broke out in 1812 seemed born of an almost subconscious desire for a war to complete the separation of America from England begun by the War of Independence (1775-1783). The war, when it came, was bloody and hard fought. In one last attempt to break the deadlock the British sent Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham to capture New Orleans. The troops he commanded ...

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Overview

Osprey's examination of the War of 1812, which was  the product of the United States' wish to free itself from the British Empire. The conflict that broke out in 1812 seemed born of an almost subconscious desire for a war to complete the separation of America from England begun by the War of Independence (1775-1783). The war, when it came, was bloody and hard fought. In one last attempt to break the deadlock the British sent Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham to capture New Orleans. The troops he commanded were elite, veteran regiments. Andrew Jackson, leading the defenders, commanded a mixed force including militia, free Negro battalions, Indians and a group of local pirates. This title describes how this mixed force decisively defeated the British veterans in a battle that has become part of American legend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855323605
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.77 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Tim Pickles, a Yorkshireman by birth, now resides in New Orleans, USA. He worked for many years as a figurine modeller but now specialises as an historical consultant, battle co-ordinator and costume designer in the film industry. He was one of the founders of the Napoleonic Association, undertaking the role of Wellington, commanding British forces at re-enactments between 1990 and 1995.

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Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign 7
Brother Jonathan aroused 8
Veterans to America 8
Plans and preparations 11
The honour of command 11
British allies 11
American reaction 12
A pirate king 13
Crime and punishment 15
The battle of Lake Bourgne 18
Disembarkation 20
Strange bedfellows 21
The opposing commanders 22
The British 22
The Americans 26
The opposing armies 30
The British expeditionary force 30
The American defenders 33
Initial encounters 39
The British arrive 39
Jackson reacts 40
The night battle 44
The American attack 47
Missed opportunity? 48
American defences 49
Pakenham arrives 51
The reconnaissance in force 52
Closing the legislature 55
Constructing line Jackson 56
The artillery duel 58
The final push 60
Awaiting the blow 61
The battle of New Orleans 64
8 January with Jackson 64
8 January with Pakenham 68
The battle on the West Bank 76
Wargaming New Orleans 92
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