Monday, January 08, 2007

On this day in history...

The Battle of New Orleans



The War of 1812 officially ended two weeks prior with the Treaty of Ghent, but news traveled slow and on January 8, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson engaged the British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. He united pirates, freedmen, and many unsavory characters into a patchwork army that defeated the far superior forces of the British. The British lost nearly 2000 men, while the Americans lost 13.

The victory allowed the American public to convince themselves they won the war, despite the peace terms providing no victory or concessions to either side. Jackson parlayed this hero-making moment into a stunning political career and eventually the presidency.


Oh, yeah, and Elvis was born.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Quinn said...

I should clarify... Elvis was NOT born in 1815.

2:45 PM  
Blogger DevilMacDawg said...

Pshaw - those are nothing. On this day, my little girl was born. Again, not in 1815, but 190 years thereafter.

Sorry - couldn't resist. :)

7:34 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

It is indeed a day of celebration! Go No-Longer-Miss-Baby!

Oh, and this one's for you, DMD: I was cuddling the Wild Boy yesterday and called him my little puppy, he looks at me all stern, and says, as he pats his chest, "Not a puppy. Baby."

8:14 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Too bad history can't repeat itself. We sign a treaty with Iraq, then go in for one final attack. Mastermind Donald Rumsfeld is hailed as a hero and voters remember him in the next election. Cover up that statue, it's Rummy/Ashy '08!

11:20 PM  
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