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What was Unusual about the Battle of new Orleans



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Many people may not realize that there were two "Battle of New Orleans" and that both had unique aspects. In 1815, the first Battle of New Orleans took place as the final major battle of the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson, the only president who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, had a very unique regiment under his command.

In the late summer of 1814, Jackson attacked the British in Mobile, Alabama. He won. He then moved his army to Pensacola, FL. In November of 1814, he defeated the British there also. The British fled to New Orleans and in December of 1814 Andrew Jackson, along with a small advance party, followed the enemy. What made Jackson's Army so unique? Jackson's men was mostly a bunch of inexperienced volunteers. They were free blacks, riflemen from Tennessee and Kentucky, and Louisiana militia. To top it all off, Jackson even had recruits who were former pirates! Despite the fact that the Americans were outnumbered two to one, this hodge podge of soldiers under the leadership of a future president were able to attain victory. The Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 was quite unique but also, for the unusual, we must look at the Civil War's Battle of New Orleans.

Imagine capturing a significant city in war without a single casualty. Sound impossible? Sound biblical? This article is not about God doing the miraculous in the life of the Israelite people of the Old Testament, but about an occurrence that transpired in the War between the States. The Union fought a bloodless battle and captured the major port city of New Orleans in The Battle of New Orleans (April 25 to May 1, 1862). The Union Navy fought past Forts Jackson and St. Philip and captured the city itself without opposition. Without a battle, New Orleans was captured and this casualty free victory spared the massive destruction suffered by many other major cities of the South.

On April 28th, Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip surrendered and New Orleans waved the white flag without a fight. Union Soldiers, under command of Major General Butler, now occupied the city. Butler became the military governor and his administration ruled with an iron fist. New Orleans was unusually safe and orderly during his governorship, but was ousted from his position before the end of the war due to his dictatorial ways.

Pirates and bloodless battles contribute to history that is both unusual and worth retelling time and time again.

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