Battle Of 1812 Essay

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Throughout history, many wars have been recognized such as the Civil War, French and Indian War, and the Cold War. One war has been considered the forgotten or unnecessary war because it was a war nobody wanted; this war was called the War of 1812, also known as the Second War of Independence. Two weeks after the War of 1812 ended with the signing of a peace treaty called the Treaty of Ghent, the Battle of New Orleans began. The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814, and restored the boundaries before the war, allowing the War of 1812 to be officially over. Although the peace treaty was signed after the War of 1812, the communication took a while to travel to the United States. This caused the Battle of New Orleans to be unaware …show more content…
“An unknown eyewitness, fighting from the top of the breastworks defending New Orlean, describes the battle [by saying] ‘They’re comin’ on their all fours’” explaining the tactics of the British staying lowing, forcing the Americans to shoot low. The battle began when Colonel William Thornton ordered to have six hundred British men travel on a ferry across the Mississippi River. When the British got there, they would be able to seize Jackson’s men on the West bank and then they would control their guns. Pakenham, another British army officer, planned for the men to go across the river when it was dark. An issue occurred when the men did not leave until dawn. This caused the British unable to seize the American guns, meaning they were unable to use them before Pakenham signaled the main assault with the firing of a rocket. There were three columns of men, one along the river, the second one along the swamp line, and another one for the …show more content…
The Battle of New Orleans was such an impacted battle that January 8 was made a national holiday that included celebrations and parades in the nineteenth century. In New Orleans and Nashville, the battle is celebrated with its anniversary. Even though the last battle of the War of 1812 was not supposed to happen because of the Treaty of Ghent, it allowed the Americans to have nationalism in their country. Historians believe that the Battle of New Orleans was one of the greatest battles of American land victories. Also, the Americans had an advantage because the British was not used to having a battle in humid, swampy weather causing them to find it hard to navigate through. The Americans were familiar with this climate and landscape because they were mostly were mostly from New Orleans. In conclusion, the Battle of New Orleans was significant to the War of 1812 because it was not supposed to happen. This battle was not supposed to happen because of the Treaty of Ghent, causing the War of 1812 to be over. But in result, the Battle of New Orleans caused the American victory and a start of Nationalism. It also became a shock for many historians that the Americans won the war with their militia against the British who once conquered Napoleon. The Battle of New Orleans will always be remembered even though it was a battle that should have never

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