The Battle of New Orleans: "But for a Piece of Wood"

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The Battle of New Orleans was unknowingly fought after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, but the American victory had important consequences. This fascinating examination of the long campaign up the Mississippi River and the final battle details the high stakes and explores the true British motivation for their bloody offensive. They attacked to claim New Orleans for their Spanish allies, which would have voided the Louisiana Purchase, robbed the United States of a valuable port, and antagonized France, Britain's ancient foe. The American forces-a disparate group under Gen. Andrew Jackson-could have been crushed, but for one British commander's fatal error.
ISBN: 9781455620272
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: New Orleans History
Images: 73
Pages: 344
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ron Chapman is a history professor at Nunez Community College and recipient of the Spirit of 1812 Award from the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. A popular speaker on Louisiana history, he has published articles in outlets including Louisiana Life and New Orleans Magazine. Chapman also writes a weekly column for the St. Bernard (LA) Voice that has been honored with eight Louisiana Press Association Best Regular Column Awards. Chapman, an accomplished boat builder, lives with his wife in Chalmette, Louisiana.
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