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The Battle of New Orleans The Battle of New Orleans was a battle in the war of 1812 which happened on January 8 1815 This battle was between about 6500 American troops under the command of the American general Andrew Jackson and a British force of about 8700 commanded by the British general Sir Edward Pakenham The British had a plan to attack New Orleans and in doing so gain access to the entire Mississippi Valley The coming of the British troops into the Gulf of Mexico in the autumn of 1814 resulted in Jacksons arrival at New Orleans on December 1 1814 Later in the same month a fleet of 50 British ships made a surprise landing at Lake Borgne just east of New Orleans out of these ships came 2000 British troops which then walked across the swamps to the banks of the Mississippi just below New Orleans Jackson angrily retreated the area After a number of small battles during late December and early January Jackson with the invaluable help of the French pirate Jean Laffite won the decisive battle in less than a half hour on January 8 The Americans had only 71 casualties while the British had 2000 Pakenham was one of the 289 British dead This overwhelming defeat cause the British to abandon further combat and they soon left for England However this battle had no effect on the war There had already been peace terms agreed upon in the Treaty of Ghent signed on December 241814 but at the time of the battle however the treaty had not yet been ratified by the US Senate
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