Chalmette Battlefield Cruise
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This stretch of the fabled Mississippi has seen history that forever changed a nation. As the Creole Queen cruises toward the Chalmette Battlefield, envision the scene at the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle in the War of 1812.
Amid the booming cannons are thousands of British in scarlet uniforms and three-cornered hats, their ranks bristling with muskets and bayonets. Defending New Orleans, under the command of Major General Andrew Jackson, is a ragtag group of militiamen and last-minute volunteers. They're firing on the British with long-rifles from behind hastily built fortifications made from cotton bales.
As the famous song named after this battle says, "The British kept a-comin'…" Yet Jackson's army triumphed. The British lost their commanding officer and suffered losses and casualties totaling almost 2,500, compared to American losses of around 300. This victory prevented the British from capturing New Orleans and made a national hero out of Jackson, sending him to the White House as the seventh U.S. president.
Park rangers share the details of this event, notable for being the last land battle ever fought on American soil between the U.S. and a foreign enemy. Their lively commentary and onsite markers vividly recall the clash of the redcoats and the ragtag army under Jackson's courageous leadership. Today, Jackson is center stage in the city he saved. His equestrian statue stands triumphantly in the French Quarter's Jackson Square.
A soldier named Rosetta
In Chalmette National Cemetery, adjoining the battlefield, more than 14,000 headstones mark the gravesites of American soldiers from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War. One headstone is remarkable. Grave number 4066 marks the resting place of Rosetta Wakeman, who disguised herself as a man under the name of Lyons Wakeman to join the Union army and fight for her country.
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