Join us on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 for the
199th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans!
Admission is free to the public from 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
On the foggy morning of January 8, 1815 at a place that has come to be known as Chalmette Battlefield, just downriver from New Orleans, General Andrew Jackson led a ragtag army of Americans to a stunning victory over the highly trained British forces that has come to be called the Battle of New Orleans. This American victory was the final and pivotal battle of the War of 1812, thus ending the three-year conflict with Great Britain. Jackson and his force of approximately 4,000 men defeated the mighty British army of 10,000 soldiers, and resulted in 13 American casualties against approximately 2,000 British casualties. The victory confirmed America's belief in self-governance and the infant country's ability to go toe-to-toe with the military super powers of the world. Jackson became a national figure for his unparalleled victory, leading to his eventual ascension to the White House.
Schedule of Activities
9:30 a.m.—“Teaching the War of 1812: A workshop for parents and educators”
Speaker: James Yasko, Director of Education and Interpretation, The Hermitage
11:00 a.m.—Ceremonial Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of President Andrew Jackson.
Keynote Speaker: Vince Vaise, Chief of Interpretation, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Refreshments to follow in the Hermitage Cafe, while supplies last.
1:30 p.m.—“Teaching the War of 1812: A workshop for parents and educators”
Speaker: James Yasko, Director of Education & Interpretation, The Hermitage
Ongoing activities from 9:00-3:00
*Free admission all day
*Film, “The Good, the Bad, and the Presidency” Andrew Jackson Visitor Center Auditorium. Shown at eight minutes and thirty-eight minutes past the hour.
*Living Historians “The Hero of New Orleans: How Andrew Jackson Formed an Army and Saved a Nation”
*Multi-Media Tour -- Additional fee applies
*Farm Wagon Tours -- Additional fee applies. Weather dependent
For the family!
Volunteer for General Jackson! Pick up a Hermitage PastPort in the Andrew Jackson Center. Complete all six activities and get a prize. Additional games and crafts hosted in the Education Center.
Additional games and crafts hosted in the Education Center.