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“Adds a worthwhile chapter to one story in America’s history, and young readers will find the war scenery, artillery, horses and patriotism engaging.”
“New Orleans writer Freddi Evans . . . has once again succeeded in offering a different point of view on a well-known historical period. . . . As our city battles to recover the rhythm and beat of normal life after the attack from a huge and well-organized natural onslaught, Jordan Noble’s example of the triumph of steady, focused courage may well be a guide for us all.”
—Marigny Dupuy, The Times-Picayune
“The artwork by Emile Henriquez is colorful and his depictions of the battleground layout and the fight scenes will help elicit comments and questions from children.”
—Times-Record News, Wichita Falls, TX
In the 1800s, January 8th
Day parades commemorating the Battle of New Orleans were big events in the city of New Orleans. One of the popular attractions in the parade was Jordan Noble, an African American drummer who played his drum in three American wars, including serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. “Old Jordan,” as he was affectionately known, tells his story to young readers in this rhyming picture storybook.
The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story explains the important role that a drummer played during wartime. Beating his drum over the din of battle, his rhythms served to inspire and unify the soldiers. This perspective of what some might consider a minor role makes this picture book a unique testament to wartime heroes of all kinds.
A glossary of terms is included in the back of the book, defining words like “artillery,” “reveille,” and “Congo Square,” a public square in New Orleans where African slaves and free people of color gathered on Sunday afternoons to play musical instruments, sing, and dance.