The Battle of New Orleans, which took place on January 8, 1815, was the final major battle of the War of 1812, and the greatest American land victory of the conflict. Although the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the war on December 24, 1814, news of the peace agreement did not reach the combatants until the following February. Although the American forces, under the command of General Andrew Jackson, were outnumbered nearly two to one, they dealt the British a decisive blow. The British suffered over 2000 casualties, compared to only 71 on the American side. Among the enemy dead were three senior British generals, including their commander Sir Edward Pakenham. The battle propelled General Andrew Jackson to national fame as a war hero and helped launch his political career, which culminated with his election to the presidency in 1828.
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- Titles Battle of New Orleans (Label Display)
- Artist After a drawing by, Samuel Seymour, American, active Philadelphia, 1797 - 1822 / Engraved by, James W. Steel, American, 1799 - 1879 / Published by, William H. Morgan, American, active Philadelphia, early 19th century
- Medium hand-colored aquatint
- Dimensions image: 13 1/2 x 17 in. (34.3 x 43.2 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Dr. Geofrey Roscoe, 1990.62
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Inscription Inscription: Published by William H. Morgan, Philadelphia