One of the oldest cities in the countries the city of New Orleans dates back over 300 years and boasts more than 35,000 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, more than any other destination in the United States. Perfect for this history lover, the city of New Orleans played a role in many of the most influential moments in our nation’s history. One of the most well known battles which took place in New Orleans was the Battle of New Orleans, the last big battle in the War of 1812, there are many historic sites which relate to this period of history. By far the most important is the Chalmette Battlefield & Beauregard House.
Chalmette Battlefield & Beauregard House
Located about 7 miles down river from New Orleans, the Chalmette Battlefield & Beauregard House is maintained by the National Park Service and pays homage to one of the most significant wars in history, the War of 1912. Site of not only a battlefield where the last and one of the largest battles took place it is also the location of the National Cemetery where many Civil War soldiers are buried including the famous Buffalo Soldiers.
During this battle, the last battle of 1812, the final attempt by England to regain control of the American Colonies was squelched forever. Here, Andrew Jackson and the local volunteers including the pirate Jean Lafitte and his men defeated the British Troops. Visitors to the site can still walk the ramparts and explore the history of this important battle and the war itself. In addition, the Malus-Beauregard House is also located here. A house built in 1830, it holds a collection of artifacts in its museum and also serves as the visitor center for the park as well.
For those interested in this period of history and the War of 1812, The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America and dates back to the late 1790’s. From 1803-1812, the building was used by the Louisiana Territorial Superior Court. After Louisiana became a state in 1812, the building was used by the New Orleans City Council until the 1850’s. Today, the building houses a large collection of artifacts including the 1839 painting by Eugene Louis Lami, a huge painting that shows intricate details of the Battle of New Orleans.
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